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  1. Hello,
    I truly enjoyed this article more than I can tell you. I was disappointed that my father, Frank Melrose was never mentioned, He was the younger brother of Lester and Walter. In checking out some other jazz sites it really upset me to see how many songs that my father wrote that Lester was claimed as the writer. I have a booklet that I received from Mike Montgomery, record collector, called Jazz Lives. It was written in 1947. The whole thing is about my father, no one else. My uncles, Walter and Lester never mention the fact that they recorded him. Like Morton,,This really tears me up,,They claimed most of music that he wrote and played. He died a poor man because he received no rights to so much of his music. My mother, Frances lived to be 81. She lived with me the last 10 years and was very “with” it when she passed. I spent hours listening to my mother’s stories about my father.
    There is so much more that I learned,,A lot more!!! I thank you so much for this article.
    Ida May Melrose
    I am 84 years old and the Lord has walked with me every step of the way!

    1. Hi Ida. Again, thanks for your feedback. I’m sorry your father wasn’t mentioned in the article but I had no idea of his contribution to Lester’s music. I do know producers like Lester usually claimed writing credits for songs others had written. If you can give me details of the songs Frank wrote I’ll certainly do an article to put the record straight. I’ll email you with my email address.

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