Newton Collier

After my last post on the great Steve Cropper, I was pleased and surprised to get a comment from another great musician: Newton Collier.  Collier was the quintessential Stax horn man, playing trumpet and trombone with many of the Stax stars in the 60s and 70s, but he was most well-known for his work with Sam & Dave. In April, “The Sideman to the Stars” was honored at the BBQ & Blues festival in Barnesville, Georgia as Geogia Music Legend!  Sadly, Collier’s career was senselessly cut short in ’76 when he was shot by an unknown assailant.  He survived, but the damage left him unable to play the trumpet. He lives in Macon Georgia and the Street Parade wishes him well.

In his honor, here’s some vintage Sam & Dave from the 1966 Stax-Volt European tour (with Steve Cropper on guitar as well).  Enjoy:

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