RIP Fathead Newman

Well, I’m a bit behind the times on this, but I just learned that the great saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman passed away on the 20th.  Fathead’s career was long and varied, but he was best known for his work with the Ray Charles band in the late 50’s and early 60’s.  In 1959 he also started his own band which continued making music in multiple variations throughout the rest of his life.  As a studio musician he worked with Herbie Mann, Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin, Lee Morgan, and Stanely Turrentine among many others.  He also played in Robert Altmann’s Kansas City and toured with the Kansas City Orchestra.  The jazz world has lost a great one; in tribute I recommend 1959’s Fathead: Ray Charles Presents Fathead Newman on Atlantic.


David Fathead Newman
Feb. 24, 1933-Jan. 20, 2009



2 Responses to “RIP Fathead Newman”

  1. Brent Progecene Says:

    I have a fond memory of seeing David “Fathead” Newman play at the Renfrew Farm museum in Waynesboro, PA about five years with Paul Bollenback. It was a great afternoon.

    • GJF Says:

      Brent, good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping in to the Street Parade. I never had the pleasure of actually seeing Fathead play–I’m jealous.

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