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Swingsation: Sil Austin

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Born: September 17, 1929 in Dunnellon, FL

Genre: Pop

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

Though jazz remained his first love, tenor saxophonist Sil Austin recorded in a variety of genres over the course of his long career, including R&B, jump blues, country, pop, and even (on one occasion) disco-ish funk. Born Silvester Austin in Dunnellon, FL, on September 17, 1929, Austin began playing around age 12, inspired by swing legends like Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. He moved to New York while still a teenager, and in 1946 won a talent show at the Apollo with a rendition of "Danny Boy."...
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