Big Jay McNeely

Big Jay McNeely

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Big Jay McNeely (born Cecil James McNeely, April 29, 1927, Watts, Los Angeles, California, United States) is an American rhythm and blues saxophonist, known as the King of the Honking Tenor Sax. Inspired by Illinois Jacquet and Lester Young, he teamed with his older brother Robert McNeely, who played baritone saxophone, and made his first recordings with drummer Johnny Otis, who ran the Barrelhouse Club that stood only a few blocks from McNeely's home. Shortly after he performed on Otis's "Barrel House Stomp." Ralph Bass, A&R man for Savoy Records, promptly signed him to a recording contract. Bass's boss, Herman Lubinsky, suggested the stage name Big Jay McNeely because Cecil McNeely did not sound commercial. McNeely's first hit was "The Deacon's Hop," an instrumental which topped the Billboard R&B chart in early 1949. The single was his most successful of his three chart entries.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 104g
  • Cel Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134974285
  • 9786134974288