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 Gene “Jug” Ammons

Gene “Jug” Ammons

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 6 Aug 1974 (aged 49)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Sect. 33, Lot 693, Grave N3-E 1/2
Memorial ID 6720676 · View Source
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Jazz Musician. Born Eugene Ammons, he was a tenor saxophonist and son of jazz pianist Albert Ammons. In 1943 he went on the road with trumpeter King Kolax and the following year he joined Billy Eckstine's Bebop Band and soon made a name for himself. In 1947, he made his first records as a leader, for the Chicago-based Mercury label and teamed up with Sonny Stitt in the 1950s, making many fine recordings to include "Jivin", "Golden Sax", "Funky" and "Groove Blues". During the 1960s, he went through a period of playing in the rhythm and blues vein, as did many of his contemporaries. Before he died of cancer, he wrote and recorded his last song titled "Goodbye".

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6720676
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gene “Jug” Ammons (14 Apr 1925–6 Aug 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6720676, citing Lincoln Cemetery, Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .