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Marrero was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up in a musical family. His brothers were Eddie (bass), John (banjo) and Simon (bass) while their father Billy was a bass player too. His cousin was Cie Frazier.
In 1942 made the recordings with Bunk Johnson that started the New Orleans Jazz Revival and soon became a legend among the Jazz fans. He was featured on many recordings and was a regular member of the George Lewis band until ill health caused him to quit music in late 1955.
He was not considered by most to be a banjo virtuoso and very seldom took a solo, but his steady and swinging banjo was the keystone of any rhythm section of which he was a part. Marrero died in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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