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Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley (September 15, 1928 - August 8, 1975) was a jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s. Adderley is remembered for his 1966 single "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", a crossover hit on the pop charts, and for his work with trumpeter Miles Davis, including on the epochal album Kind of Blue (1959). He was the brother of jazz cornetist Nat Adderley, a longtime member of his band. Early life and career: Originally from Tampa, Florida, Adderley moved to New York in 1955. His nickname derived from "cannibal", a title imposed on him by high school colleagues as a tribute to his voracious appetite. Cannonball moved to Tallahassee, Florida, when his parents obtained teaching positions at Florida A&M University. Both Cannonball and brother Nat played with Ray Charles when Charles lived in Tallahassee during the early 1940s. Adderley moved to Broward County, Florida, in 1948 after finishing his music studies at Tallahassee and became the band...

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On Sep 28, 2011. 5:28pm
john greenan said

This is one of the great albums....the music was so new & performances outstanding.....and the joy of hearing "Cannonball" when I was a young musician in the Sixties

On Feb 11, 2012. 4:18pm
Bill said

Had the pleasure of seeing his brother Nat perform at the Montsalvat Jazz & Blues Festival in the early 1990's. He played this and Mercy Mercy Mercy and a lot of others songs. A fantastic show.

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