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My first Major Holley album

I was fortunate to know Major for 10 years prior to his passing. He always had an encouraging word for me as I practiced my trumpet -- "Are you walking the woods around your house blowing that horn? You'd better be or I'll take it and give it to a kid in the city (NYC) that can really use it!" "Practice or you'll be eating a hand sandwhich!" Usually accompanied by a great big smile and a shaking fist. His dinner plate sized hands could bring the most delicate sounds from his bass and his smile could light up a room. Excuse Me Ludwig was the first album I owned by Major and I truly enjoyed it then and now. Listening to him sing along with his bass is always a pleasure and not to be missed. Major - We miss you and are blessed to have known you. Thank you for being such a good friend and inspiration.


Born: July 10, 1924 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Major Holley was best known for using the Slam Stewart trademark of singing along with his bowed bass solos, although he sang in unison while Stewart vocalized an octave above his bass. Otherwise, Major Holley (known as "Mule") was a fine supportive bassist. He originally played violin and tuba, but switched to bass while playing in Navy bands. He played with Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, and Ella Fitzgerald in the mid- to late '40s, and in 1950 did a series of duet recordings (never reissued) with...
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