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Today’s Memory – Eddie Heywood Jr.

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Eddie Heywood Jr.

December 4, 1915, Atlanta, Georgia – January 3, 1989, Miami Beach, Florida


Eddie Heywood Jr. was a jazz pianist who was popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

His father, Eddie Heywood, Sr. was also a jazz musician from the 1920s and provided him with training from the age of 12 as an accompanist playing in the pit band in a vaudeville theater in Atlanta, occasionally accompanying singers such as Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters. Heywood Jr. played with several popular jazz musicians such as Wayman Carver, Clarence Love and Benny Carter.

Eddie Heywood – Soft Summer Breeze (1956)

After starting his band, Heywood would occasionally do back-up for Billie Holiday in 1941. In 1943, Heywood took several classic solos on a Coleman Hawkins quartet date (including The Man I Love) and put together a sextet, including Doc Cheatham (tpt), Vic Dickenson (tb), Lem Davis (as), Al Lucas (b), and Jack Parker (d). After their version of Begin the Beguine became a hit in 1944, they had three successful years. Begin the Beguine sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.

Eddie Heywood – Begin the Beguine (1944)

More on:

Eddie Heywood Trio – I Could Have Told You (1958)


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Eddie Heywood Jr.

4 decembrie 1915, Atlanta, Georgia – 3 ianuarie 1989, Miami Beach, Florida


Eddie Heywood Jr. a fost un pianist de jazz American, popular în anii ’40–’50.

Tatăl său, Eddie Heywood, Sr. a fost, de asemenea, muzician de jazz din anii 1920 și l-a pregătit, începând cu vârsta de 12 ani, pentru a-l acompania într-o trupă pit în teatrul de vodevil din Atlanta, acompaniind ocazional cântăreți ca Bessie Smith și Ethel Waters. Heywood Jr. a cântat cu câțiva muzicieni de jazz populari, cum ar fi Wayman Carver, Clarence Love și Benny Carter.



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