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Beale Street Figure Dies at 57

February 11, 1987

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Edward ″Prince Gabe″ Kirby, a blues musician who was a fixture on Beale Street for half a century, has died at his home. He was 57.

Kirby, who once said he got his nickname because someone told him he played the trumpet like the angel Gabriel, collapsed at his home Monday and was pronounced dead at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

Beatrice Ivy, a longtime friend, said Kirb had been ill with high blood pressure and asthma.

Kirby, who also played the saxophone, was leader of a band called ″Prince Gabe and the Millionaires″ which played in Memphis nightspots as well as on overseas tours.

Kirby had said he began his entertainment career dancing for pennies on Beale Street,

Funeral arrangements were not announced.

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