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  1. Eddie Jefferson (August 3, 1918 – May 9, 1979) [1] was an American jazz vocalist and lyricist. He is credited as an innovator of vocalese, a musical style in which lyrics are set to an instrumental composition or solo. Jefferson himself claims that his main influence was Leo Watson.

  2. by Scott Yanow. The founder of vocalese (putting recorded solos to words), Eddie Jefferson did not have a great voice, but he was one of the top jazz singers, getting the maximum out of what he had. He started out working as a tap dancer, but by the late '40s was singing and writing lyrics. A live session from 1949 (released on Spotlite) finds ...

  3. Eddie Jefferson (born 3 August 1918 in Pittsburgh, died 9 May 1979 in Detroit) was a celebrated jazz vocalist and lyricist. He is credited with having invented 'vocalese', a musical style in which lyrics are set to an instrumental composition or solo.

  4. Eddie Jefferson’s first career was as a tap dancer but in the bebop era he discovered his skill as a vocalese lyricist and singer. He wrote lyrics to Charlie Parker’s version of “Parker’s Mood” and Lester Young’s “I Cover the Waterfront” early on, and he is responsible for “Moody’s Mood for Love” (based on James Moody’s ...

  5. However, his classic lyrics to "Moody's Mood for Love" were recorded first by King Pleasure (1952), who also had a big hit with his version of "Parker's Mood." Jefferson had his first studio recording that year (which included Coleman Hawkins' solo on "Body and Soul"), before working with James Moody (1953-1957).

  6. Eddie Jefferson (Edward Jefferson) was born on 3 August, 1918 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, is an Actor. Discover Eddie Jefferson's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates.

  7. May 10, 1979 · Eddie Jefferson, who was born in Pittsburgh on Aug. 3, 1918, started in show business as a singer and dancer, appearing at the 1933 World”s Fair in Chicago with the original Zephyrs. But he was ...

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