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Charley Straight

Well-known musician and bandleader from the Chicago jazz scene from the 1920s. He started in vaudeville in 1909 where he followed vocalist Gene Greene. He was employed to record piano rolls in 1916 by Chicago’s Imperial Piano Move Organization. His Charley Right Orchestra was enormously well-known in Chicago through the entire 1920s, especially in the Rendezvous Café. He was raised in Chicago. His untimely loss of life in 1940 arrived while he was operating his change as sanitary inspector for Chicago and was strike by an automobile as he climbed out of the manhole. He was among the pianists of his period who were attempting to popularize ragtime as personified by George Gershwin.

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