Thursday, 21 October 2010

A Small Tribute To Diz & The Colonel

Happy Birthday to two musical legends.

Dizzy Gillespie music pioneer, one of the originators of Bebop would have been 93 today. He was a statesman-like musician, who championed multiracial harmony with his United Nations Orchestra, and was a model of diligent practice.

He also possessed a wicked sense of humour. At the height of the Beatles fame he asked George Harrison for his autograph and then told him he was going to sell it to buy two Count Basie albums!

Steve Cropper (59 today) was also a champion of racial reconciliation as part of the multiracial Stax records backing band Booker T & The MGs working with artists like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and (later) The Blues Brothers.

American Songwriter honours Steve with a post about the writing of Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

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