Personalities | Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson | Forties | Jazz & Blues

(Alto saxophone, vocals, 1917–88)

Edward L. Vinson Jr. was born in Houston, Texas. He studied saxophone in high school and played with the Chester Boone and Milt Larkin Orchestras, before touring with a show featuring Lil Green and Big Bill Broonzy in 1941. He joined the Cootie Williams Orchestra in 1942 and recorded hit vocals on ‘Cherry Red Blues’ and ‘Somebody’s Got To Go’. He formed his own group in 1945 and had a number-one Race Records hit with ‘Old Maid Boogie’. Vinson’s influences came from modern jazz, and he also had his own influence on the style, penning the Miles Davis hit ‘Four’. Vinson continued to tour and record into the 1980s.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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