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Cannonball Adderley's Mercy Mercy Mercy! was the first record I can remember ever playing on our record player. My step father, Jimmy Wayne Dary was in love with this record. He would play it all day and night. 'Til this day when I hear it I can't help but get all misty eyed thinking of a time that was and will never be again. HALLELUJAH! LOL


Jazz musician Cannonball Adderley was born Julian Edwin Adderley in Tampa, Florida on September 15, 1928. He attended the U.S. Navy School of Music before moving to New York City in the 1950s. In 1957, he played with Miles Davis and was featured on his next two albums. Known for playing the alto saxophone, critics appreciated Adderley’s upbeat sound. He died on August 8, 1975.


Cannonball Adderley, July 1968, Longhorn Jazz Festival, Austin


Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, 1958