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On September 9th, in 1927, Seminal Jazz Drummer Elvin Jones was born in Pontiac, Michigan-the Automobile Industry State. Jones started off in the late 40’s playing the Detroit scene with Billy Mitchell’s Band. He moved to New York City in the early 50s and worked with Mingus, Bud Powell & Miles Davis before he joined up with John Coltrane. Jones is most famously known for working with Coltrane’s Quartet on his Prestige LPs like Giant Steps, Blue Train & A Love Supreme (1960-1966).
McCoy Tyner was on the keys, Trane on the Sax, Jones on the skins and Jimmy Garrison on Bass. Jones also became a band leader and put a few LPs out on the Blue Note imprint after Trane passed away and the quartet disassembled. Jones' band was called the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. He also worked with Oregon-a Prog Rock band from the late 60s. In 1995, Jones was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. He passed away in 2004 in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 76 years old.
ON September 9th, in 1940, a day after the birthday of the actor that played Frankie Lymon-from the Doo Wop group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers in the movie Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Larenz Tate)-Joe (Jose) Negroni (2nd R) was born in Puerto Rico, USA. His family immigrated to New York City in the 30s during the Great Depression. Negroni & 3 other neighborhood friends got together and formed the group called the Teenagers. Lymon would come on later, as he was the youngest of the 5 member group.
Negroni (L) was one of the co-founding vocalists when the group started (Santiago was the lead), but record executives would get in Lymon's ear and preferred his Falsetto/Soprano voice over the others, causing a rift in the group. Lymon would eventually go solo and his backup singers would be left holding the bag. All 5 original members of the band were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Negroni passed away in 1975, four days before his birthday, from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 37.
… ‘try a little tenderness’…On September 9th, in 1941, the world received one of its best Soul Vocalist to date-Otis Redding (Otis Ray Redding Jr) was born in Dawson, Georgia. His rise to fame is an amazing, and truly ‘American’ story. Redding became the face of Stax, a subsidiary of the Atlantic imprint during the mid and late 60s leading up to his death. He had been a roadie for an act that was auditioning at Stax. After carrying in the instruments, he began to sing in one of the side studios.
The people there were so moved by his voice-some claimed tht he made the hair on their necks stand up-that it was only fitting the label would record him instead of the band he was the roadie for. The early Bar-Kays, Booker T. & The M.G.s and the Mar Keys assorted members would act as Redding’s backing band. He recorded Dock of the Bay, Respect, & Try a Little Tenderness, these are classics! After a show in 1967, Redding died in a plane crash, he was 26 when he passed away.
On September 9th, in 1965 The Rolling Stones had a Number 1 UK single with Satisfaction (I can't get no)…try reading that without saying it like: I Can’t Get no, Sat-tis-fact-tion, but I try, and I try, and I try, I can’t get no! I couldn’t do it. Anyways, my man, the (c)rap hater, Keith Richards had pounded out a rough version of the riff on his acoustic guitar, and recorded it while they were in a hotel in Florida.
You can hear Richards drop the pick after the riff is played, and then hear him snoring for 40 minutes. Many artists later would admit that they made some of their best songs just before they went to bed or as soon as they woke up, be it in the middle of the night or early morning. Creativity knows no clock. Create when you feel it, and don't make it a job..it's better this way...
Honorable Mentions: On September 9th, in 1930 American Gangster, Bumpy Johnson’s Driver & Blue Magic pure Heroine Dealer-Frank Lucas was born in La Grange, North Cackalack (Carolina). Lucas was one of the first entrepreneurial dealers that cut out the middle men (Italian Mob, USA Government & Police Forces) and bought his drugs directly from the source. The Golden Triangle’s best dealer turns 88 today.
On September 9th, in 1979, the Jazz Double-Bassists Wilbur (Bernard) Ware passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the day after his birthday (Sept 8th, 1923). He worked with Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Grant Green and the infamous Sun Ra. He is known for innovating the double bass sound and Chicago Jazz sound. He was 56 when he passed away.
On September 9th, in 1995-Blues Guitarist, Restaurant & Club franchise owner, and one of the three Kings of the Blues Guitar-B.B. King (Riley B. King) was playing a concert to celebrate his birthday a week before the actual date (September 16th) while in Nashville, Tennessee. He performed at the Riverfront Stadium with the Gibson Guitar Company hosting the show. They were the company that made his infamous ‘Lucille’ Guitar.
…‘the name says it all’…On September 9th, in 2004, The Cracker Barrel restaurant franchise settled by paying out $8.7 million to customers of color that had filed a suit against them through the NAACP. The suit claimed that Cracker Barrel was discriminating against people of color by seating them in smoking only sections and delivery piss poor customer service, or flat out denying them service…pause…there isn't one person of color in the pic above...blank stare…