Snoozer Quinn

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Snoozer Quinn
Birth nameEdward Mcintosh Quinn
McComb, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedApril 21, 1949(1949-04-21) (aged 41–42)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Edward McIntosh "Snoozer" Quinn (1907 – April 21, 1949) was a jazz guitarist who was admired by his fellow musicians but who left few recordings.


Violin and guitar owned by Snoozer Quinn
Quinn's main recordings were made from his sick bed in Charity Hospital, where he spent his final months.

Quinn was born Edward McIntosh Quinn in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Bogalusa, Louisiana. At an early age he could play guitar, mandolin, and violin. In his early teens he performed in vaudeville. He graduated from high school in 1924.[1]

He performed with the Paul English Traveling Shows and Peck's Bad Boys led by Peck Kelley,[1][2][3] in addition to Claude Blanchard, Mart Britt, the St. Louis Rhythm Kings, and the Louisiana Ramblers.[1]

Quinn was hired by Paul Whiteman in New Orleans after Whiteman heard him playing backstage. He recorded with the Whiteman Orchestra, but he can hardly be heard. While playing for vocalist Bing Crosby in the 1930s, Quinn was given the nickname "Snoozer". Although he did not record with Crosby, he recorded with vocalist Bee Palmer and country singer Jimmie Davis.[2]

Back in New Orleans, Quinn contracted tuberculosis. In 1948, Johnny Wiggs brought a recording machine and a trumpet to the hospital and persuaded him to play.[2][4] Quinn died six months later. Many years passed before his performances were released by Fat Cat Jazz on his only album, The Legendary Snoozer Quinn.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Hobgood Ray, Kathryn D. "Snoozer's Career". Snoozer Quinn. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 157. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  3. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Ed "Snoozer" Quinn". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  4. ^ Radlauer, Dave. "Snoozer Quinn". Retrieved 24 October 2017.

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