Cannonball Adderley

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Date of Birth September 15, 1928
Place of Birth Tampa, Florida
Date of Death Aug 8, 1975 (46)
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Cannonball Adderley

Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley was an American jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s. Adderley is best remembered for his 1966 soul jazz single "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy." It was written for him by Joe Zawinul and became a major crossover hit on the pop charts. A cover version by the Buckinghams also reached #5 on the charts. Adderley worked with trumpeter Miles Davis, on his own 1958 Somethin' Else album, and on the seminal Davis records Milestones and Kind of Blue. He was the elder brother of jazz trumpeter Nat Adderley, a longtime member of his band.

Birth name: Julian Edwin Adderley
Born: September 15, 1928, Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Died: August 8, 1975, Gary, Indiana, U.S.
Genres: Hard bop, soul jazz, modal jazz, jazz rock
Occupation(s): Teacher, saxophonist
Instruments: Alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
Years active: 1955–1975
Labels: Blue Note, Fantasy, Capitol, Prestige, Riverside
Associated acts: Nat Adderley, Miles Davis, George Duke, Yusef Lateef, Sam Jones, Joe Zawinul, Louis Hayes, Bobby Timmons, Bill Evans
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About Cannonball Adderley

Influential jazz saxophonist who released his best known single, "Mercy Mercy Mercy," in 1966.

Cannonball Adderley Before Fame

He played with Ray Charles as a teenager in the 1940s.

Achievement of Cannonball Adderley

He released over forty albums as a band leader between 1950 and 1975.

Cannonball Adderley Family Life

He married singer Olga James in 1962.

Associations of Cannonball Adderley

He was featured on Miles Davis' 1959 album, Kind of Blue.

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