Jane Little, who debuted as a bassist in Atlanta on Feb. 4, 1945, at age 16 and who has been playing ever since, died during a performance of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Sunday. She was 87, and rumored to be the longest-tenured orchestral musician in the world.
According to a spokeswoman, the orchestra was only moments away from the end of a concert called “Broadway’s Golden Age”. The players were at the end of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” from Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun,” when Little collapsed and was carried backstage by her fellow bassists. She never regained consciousness.