Personalities | Hal Singer | Forties | Jazz & Blues

(Tenor saxophone, b. 1919)

Harold Singer was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He worked with territory bands in the late 1930s and went to New York with Roy Eldridge in 1944. Singer worked around New York, playing on sessions for King and Savoy, during 1946–59. His own recording career began in 1948 and he had a number-one hit with ‘Cornbread’, the first big record of the honking R&B tenor style. He frequently toured with his own groups and with R&B shows during 1948–58, and by the late 1950s he was playing jazz as often as R&B. He relocated to Paris in 1965 and has recorded frequently for European labels.

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


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