Jon Carl Hendricks, a son of Ohio, born in Newark, a Columbus suburb, first sang in his father's church at age seven. He became one of the world's most innovative, clever and passionate jazz singers, still going as recently as early this year. He was 96 when he died last Wednesday (November 22) at a Manhattan hospital. Hendricks, known for his high-velocity vocals and scat-singing, became the defining artist in the complex jazz vocal style known as Vocalese, a concept pioneered by Pittsburgh jazz vocalist Eddie Jefferson. Scatting, a concept created by Louis Armstrong, generally involves singing sounds or syllables, not actual lyrics. (Photo: Toledo Blade)
From the 12/19/68 episode: Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr. Hefner and Anthony Newley.
Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner, who died Wednesday at 91, left an immeasurable impact on American society and culture in a multitude of areas. He was a visionary of the sexual revolution but also the social changes that roiled the 60's. Over the next few days, everyone will reflect and discuss those impacts which began in the 50's with Playboy's beginning and continued—despite the steep decline of magazine popularity that forced a retrenchment—until the end.
In June, Mosaic Records, the Connecticut-based jazz reissue label known for lavish, multi-disc packages of the music of certain artists or specific labels, will release Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie & Lester Young Studio Sessions, an 8-CD collection tracing his recordings from his first work with Basie, just into New York from Kansas City, in a small spinoff group who recorded for Columbia as "Jones-Smith Limited" since the Basie Orchestra had a contract with the Decca label.