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David “Fathead” Newman Dead at 75

Saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman, whose blend of jazz and inimitable Lone Star soul made him an integral part of Ray Charles’ orchestra and served him through dozens of impressive leader dates, passed away from pancreatic cancer January 20th at the age of 75.

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