b. Joseph De Lacrois Pierce, 18 February 1904, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 23 November 1973, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. For many years, playing the cornet was only a secondary occupation to Pierce, in common with many of the older generation of New Orleans musicians who traditionally and rightly regarded music as an unreliable business. In Pierce’s case, however, he kept up a ‘day job’ rather longer than most and not until after his marriage in 1935 to singer-pianist Billie Goodson (Billie Pierce) did he devote himself to a musical career. The husband-and-wife duo worked regularly, although still within a restricted area, until Pierce retired temporarily in the 50s through ill health and failing eyesight. The duo made a comeback in the mid-60s achieving international fame with a succession of concert tours and records and, inevitably perhaps, regular appearances at Preservation Hall, where they entertained the tourists of New Orleans.
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