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Cootie Williams

Born: 
07/10/1911
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Died: 
09/15/1985
Years Active: 
1920's-1980's
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Charles Melvin "Cootie" Williams was an American jazz, jump blues and rhythm and blues trumpeter. In 1947, Williams wrote the song "Cowpox Boogie" while recuperating from a bout with smallpox. He contracted the disease from a vaccination he insisted all band members receive. Williams was renowned for his growling "jungle" style trumpet playing (in the tradition of trumpeter Bubber Miley and trombonist Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton) and for his use of the plunger mute, and was reputed to have inspired Wynton Marsalis's use of it.