Edythe Turnham

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b. Edythe Payne, c.1890, Topeka, Kansas, USA, d. 1950. She first played piano as a tiny child and before she reached her teens was accompanying a minstrel group in Spokane, Idaho, where her family had…
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b. Edythe Payne, c.1890, Topeka, Kansas, USA, d. 1950. She first played piano as a tiny child and before she reached her teens was accompanying a minstrel group in Spokane, Idaho, where her family had moved. She married in her late teens and eventually formed a family band with her husband on drums and her son on saxophone. She mostly played as a single, however, working in various states in the north-west and in Canada. Eventually, she settled in Los Angeles where she re-formed a band, naming it the Dixie Aces. The outfit, which sometimes broadcast, included her husband, Floyd Turnham Snr., her son, Floyd Jnr., and Teddy Buckner. By the mid-30s and early 40s, she no longer led a band and had no real interest in pursuing her career.