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Gene Ammons

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Gene Ammons, who had an enormous and immediately recognizable shade on tenor, was an extremely flexible participant who could play bebop with the very best (constantly battling his friend Sonny Stitt to some tie up) yet was an impact for the R&B globe. A few of his ballad renditions became strikes and, despite two regrettable interruptions in his profession, Ammons remained a favorite appeal for 25 years. Boy of the fantastic boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons, Gene Ammons (who was simply nicknamed “Jug”) remaining Chicago at age group 18 to utilize King Kolax’s music group. He originally found fame as an integral soloist with Billy Eckstine’s orchestra during 1944-1947, trading off with Dexter Gordon for the popular Eckstine record Blowing the Blues Away. Apart from a significant stint with Woody Herman’s Third Herd in 1949 and an effort at co-leading a two tenor group in the first ’50s with Sonny Stitt, Ammons worked well as an individual throughout his profession, recording regularly (especially for Prestige) in configurations which range from quartets and body organ combos to all-star jam classes. Drug problems held him in jail during a lot of 1958-1960 and, because of an especially stiff phrase, 1962-1969. When Ammons came back to the picture in 1969, he exposed his style a little, including a number of the psychological cries from the avant-garde while making use of funky rhythm areas, but he was still in a position to fight Sonny Stitt by himself terms. Ironically the final track that he ever documented (only a small amount of time before he was identified as having terminal malignancy) was “Goodbye.”

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Full Name Gene Ammons
Date Of Birth April 14, 1925
Died July 23, 1974, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession Saxophonist
Education DuSable High School
Nationality American
Parents Albert Ammons
Music Songs Jungle Strut, Canadian Sunset, Blue Ammons, Ca 'Purange, Exactly Like You, Play Me, Jug Eyes, Seed Shack, Fine And Mellow, Ger-ru, Blue Greens and Beans, Didn't We, Tin Shack Out Back, My Romance, Geru's Blues, Moito Mato Grosso, The Jungle Boss, Shuffle Twist, Blue Hymn, Long Ago and Far Away, Juggin' Around, Tastin' The Jug, Hip Tip, He's a Real Gone Guy, Pagan Love Song, The One Before This, Son of a Preacher Man, Woofin' and Tweetin', Ammons Boogie, Echo Chamber Blues, Lonesome Lover Blues, Madame Queen
Albums Boss Tenor, Boss Tenors, The Happy Blues, Bad! Bossa Nova, The Boss Is Back!, Groove Blues, All Star Sessions, Gene Ammons in Sweden, Brasswind, The Soulful Moods of Gene Ammons, Funky, Brother Jack Meets the Boss, Preachin', Jug & Dodo, Gene Ammons and Friends at Montreux, Boss Soul!, Velvet Soul, Chicago Concert, Blue Groove, Heavy Sax, Soul Summit, Angel Eyes, Brother Jug!, Blue Gene, Dig Him!, Kind Soul, Big Sound, Gene Ammons: The Soulful Moods of/Nice An' Cool/Soul Summit Vol. 1 & Vol. 2/Funky/Jammin' With Gene, The Complete Recordings: 1951-1958, The Complete Recordings: 1961-1962, Gene Ammons & Bennie Green's Going South, Complete Jazz Series 1949 - 1950, Goodbye, Complete Jazz Series 1950 - 1953, A Stranger In Town, Wow, Bluzarumba, Blue Ammons, Legends Of Acid Jazz, Curved Ornaments, The Gene Ammons Story: Gentle Jug, Jug & Sonny, Makes It Happen, Legends Of Acid Jazz: Gene Ammons (International Package Re-Design), The Gene Ammons Story, Water Jug, Best of Gene Ammons, Gentle Jug, Volume 2, Gene Ammons Greatest Hits, The Cool Jazz Movement (Remastered), Shuffle Twist


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#Fact
1 Even though the song "Black Magic Woman" has become inextricably linked with Santana over the years, it was not the band's own original composition. That distinction belongs to Peter Green, former guitarist with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and latterly founder of British rock group Fleetwood Mac.
2 Members have included Carlos Santana, Jose Chepito Areas, Gregg Rolie, Mike Carabello, Michael Shrieve, Neal Schon, Marcus Malone.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CHIPS 2017 performer: "Jingo"
A Dog's Purpose 2017 performer: "All I Ever Wanted"
Good Girls Revolt 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Colonia 2015 performer: "SAMBA PA TI"
Amy 2015/III Documentary performer: "Maria Maria"
Candy 2015 Video short "All I Ever Wanted"
Alto Astral 2014 TV Series performer: "Saideira"
About Last Night 2014 performer: "Black Magic Woman"
American Hustle 2013 performer: "Evil Ways"
Hello Ladies 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Underdogs 2013 performer: "Wild"
The Hangover Part III 2013 performer: "Evil Ways"
The Last Stand 2013 performer: "I Ain't Superstitious"
Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey 2012 Documentary performer: "Jungle Strut" written by Gene Ammons
CSI: Miami 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Supernatural 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero 5 2009 Video Game performer: "No One To Depend On Live"
CHIKARA: King of Trios 2009 - Night I 2009 Video performer: "Migra"
Saturday Night Live 1977-2008 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 2007 Video Game performer: "Black Magic Woman"
Life on Mars TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Zodiac 2007 performer: "Soul Sacrifice"
My Name Is Earl 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Where the Truth Lies 2005 performer: "Oye Como Va" 1963
Crossing Jordan 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cold Case 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Veronica Mars 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Peace One Day 2004 Documentary performer: "Corazon Espinado"
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights 2004 performer: "Satellite"
Love Actually 2003 performer: "Smooth" 1999
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2001-2003 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Kubanacan 2003 TV Series performer: "Foo foo"
Anger Management 2003 performer: "Black Magic Woman"
Mulheres Apaixonadas 2003 TV Series performer: "Nothing At All"
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 performer: "Amore Sexo"
Smallville 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2002 2002 TV Special performer: "The Game of Love"
The Sopranos 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Fast and the Furious 2001 performer: "Evil Ways"
Top of the Pops 1977-2000 TV Series performer - 5 episodes
Unter uns 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Girlfight 2000 performer: "Olympic Festival"
Roswell 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Freaks and Geeks 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Detroit Rock City 1999 performer: "Black Magic Woman"
The Big Lebowski 1998 performer: "Oye Como Va"
Union Square 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Valkanizater 1997 performer: "Samba Pa Ti"
The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 performer: "She's Not There"
The Fan 1996 performer: "SAMBA PA TI"
Lightdance 1995 Video documentary short performer: "Europa", "Aqua Marine", "Samba Pa Ti", "Ji-Go-Lo-Ba Jingo", "Dance Sister Dance"
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Apollo 13 1995/I performer: "Waiting"
Murder Was the Case: The Movie 1995 Video short performer: "Murder Was the Case"
A Low Down Dirty Shame 1994 performer: "OYE COMO VA"
Baseball 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Carlito's Way 1993 performer: "Oye Como Va"
Blood In, Blood Out 1993 performer: "Jin-Go-Lo-Ba"
Freunde fürs Leben 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Me 1992 performer: "Oye Como Va"
Black Magic Woman 1991 performer: "Black Magic Woman"
Alhola 1991 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Derrick 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Vietnam War Story 1987 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary performer: "Brotherhood", "Primera Invasion", "Open Invitation", "Right Now"
Fort Apache the Bronx 1981 performer: "Guajira"
Walk Proud 1979 "Se a Cabo"
Rock Concert 1979 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Love Is Not Enough 1979 performer: "Soul Sacrifice" - uncredited
Day Dreamer 1975 performer: "Just in Time to See the Sun" - uncredited
Pleasure Island 1975 performer: "Jingo", "Oye Como Va" - uncredited
Born to Raise Hell 1975 performer: "Jingo" - uncredited
Little Sisters 1972 performer: "Soul Sacrifice" - uncredited
Tail of the Bearded Clam 1972 performer: "Everything's Coming Our Way" - uncredited
Stamping Ground 1971 Documentary performer: "Gumbo", "Savor", "Jingo"
Soul to Soul 1971 Documentary performer: "Black Magic Woman", "Jungle Strut"
Freeform 1970 Documentary short performer: "Jingo" - uncredited
San Francisco Rock: A Night at the Family Dog 1970 TV Movie documentary performer: "Incident at Neshabur", "Soul Sacrifice"
The Fur Affair 1970 performer: "Waiting" - uncredited
Uma Mulher Para Sábado 1970 performer: "Evil Ways"
Woodstock 1970 Documentary performer: "Soul Sacrifice"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rocker 1972 TV Movie music

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Live with Kelly and Michael 2014 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014 TV Special
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1994-2010 TV Series Himself / Themselves - Musical Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'N' Roll Classics: Rockin' the Sixties 2004 Video Himself
Top of the Pops 2000 TV Series Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 2000 TV Series Themselves
Power Vision - Pop Galerie 2000 TV Series documentary Themselves
Saturday Night Live 1977-1985 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Rock Concert 1979 TV Series Themselves
Soul Alive 1977 TV Series Themselves
Fillmore 1972 Documentary Themselves
Soul to Soul 1971 Documentary Themselves
San Francisco Rock: A Night at the Family Dog 1970 TV Movie documentary Themselves
Woodstock 1970 Documentary Themselves
The Switched-On Symphony 1970 TV Special Themselves
Music Scene 1969 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show 1969 TV Series Themselves

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top of the Pops 1977-2000 TV Series Himself / Themselves

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 Grammy Grammy Awards Record of the Year · Rob Thomas


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