Saturday, June 2, 2012

Who Was The Boss, Jug, or Boss Tenor?

The Boss was Gene Ammons, an American saxophonist from Chicago, Illinois.

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Discovered at a young age and active throughout his adult life,  Ammons (also sometimes referred to as "Jug") played with all of the mid-century greats and released a total of 47 albums, sometime as Jug, sometimes as the Boss, sometimes as himself.

His influence on music has been widespread effecting not only jazz but also pop and orchestral music.  He is considered to have co-founded the Chicago style of saxophone.

Ammons died of cancer in 1974.   

Who Were The Crests?

The Crests, who sang the 1959 smash hit, "Sixteen Candles" were an influential Doo-Wop band from New York.

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While best remembered for "Sixteen Candles" the Crest were also influential in American Music history because of the extent of their racial integration.  One Member was and Italian American, therr members were African American, and one was from Puerto Rico.

Although the membership of the band changed over time and none of the original members remain, the Crests continue to record and play.