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Big Jay McNeely

Big Jay McNeely Fast Facts
Birthday ***, 1927
Place of Birth California
Death day September 16, 2018 (91 years old)
Zodiac Sign Taurus
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Cecil James McNeely, better known as Big Jay McNeely, was an American rhythm and blues saxophonist.

Birth name Cecil James McNeely
Also known as King of the Honkers
Born April 29, 1927, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died September 16, 2018, Moreno Valley, California, U.S.
Genres Jump blues, West Coast blues, jazz blues, rhythm and blues
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Tenor saxophone
Years active Late 1940s–2018
Labels Cleopatra Blues, a division of Cleopatra Records Swingin' Records

About Big Jay McNeely

R&B Hall of Famer known for his raucous stage antics and helped popularize "honking." He has made many appearances at the International Boogie Woogie Festival.

Big Jay McNeely before fame

He made his first recordings with his brother and with drummer Johnny Otis.

Achievement of Big Jay McNeely

He quit the music industry in 1971 to become a postman.

Big Jay McNeely family life

His older brother Robert played baritone saxophone.

Associations of Big Jay McNeely

He and saxophonist Dave Koz are both from California.

Top Facts You Did Not Know About Big Jay McNeely

  • Jazz-blues saxophonists
  • West Coast blues musicians
  • Soul-jazz saxophonists
  • Jump blues musicians
  • Vee-Jay Records artists
  • Imperial Records artists
  • Savoy Records artists
  • American rhythm and blues musicians
  • American saxophonists

Latest information about Big Jay McNeely updated on June 20 2021.