Born in Dunnellon, FL in 1929, this saxophonist taught himself to play at the age of twelve. He got his big break when he won a talent contest in Harlem’s Apollo Theater. His talents and credentials evolved when he joined the big bands of Roy Eldridge and Cootie Williams for brief periods of time. He recorded over thirty albums and had hits with the song below, “My Mother’s Eyes,” and his signature song, “Danny Boy”. Sadly, in 2001, prostate cancer ended his life.
This song was a hit for him, reaching the Top 20 in 1956.