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Vick, Harold (03 April 1936–13 November 1987), jazz and soul tenor saxophonist, was born Harold Edward Vick in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. His mother’s given name was Alice; other details of his parents are unknown. Vick took piano lessons at age eight for a few months but without serious interest. He began clarinet lessons at age twelve, and the following year he was given a good instrument by his uncle, the renowned jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist ...

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Waits, Freddie (27 April 1943–18 November 1989), jazz and soul music drummer, was born Frederick Douglas Waits in Jackson, Mississippi, the son of Lillie B. Weathers. (His father’s name is unknown.) Waits played drums as a child and studied flute and drums at Lanier High School. At age sixteen, in the summer before his senior year, he toured with the Upsetters, accompanying rhythm-and-blues musician Little Willie John. In this setting he first performed in New York City, at Smalls’ Paradise....