J. Earle Hensley

Born: 1907, Birmingham, Alabama

Died: Dec. 10, 1992

Birmingham promoter. Duke Ellington was the first band Hensley brought to Birmingham. He also promoted Jazz giants Count Bassie, Cab Calloway, Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, Nat "King" Cole, Jimmy Lunceford, Lucky Millinder, Marian Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb, Erskine Hawkins and Laura Washington. Hensley was the first promoter to bring the Jackson 5 to Birmingham.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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