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Peanuts Hucko Dies

Peanuts Hucko, a swing and Dixieland clarinetist who spent time with Louis Armstrong and Glenn Miller among many other notable artists, died May 22 in Fort Worth, Texas. The cause of death was not specified. He was 85.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1918, Hucko began playing music as a tenor saxophonist. He played tenor in swing and sweet bands like Will Bradley and Charlie Spivak’s in the early 1940s and switched to clarinet when he joined Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band. With Miller Hucko was the star clarinet soloist, but soon World War II ended and Hucko joined Benny Goodman’s band, which didn’t need another clarinet star besides Goodman. So, Hucko switched back to tenor in Goodman’s band, stayed there for about a year and left to play clarinet with Ray McKinley and later Eddie Condon.

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