Babs Gonzales

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": bebop jazz jazzvocal male vocalists b-gonzales babs gonzales 60s beat generation jazz-vocal scat blue note 6 stars Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

Lee Brown, 27 October 1919, Newark, New Jersey, USA, d. 23 January 1980, Newark, New Jersey, USA. After working as a vocalist with a number of bands, including those led by Charlie Barnet and Lionel Hampton, Gonzales teamed up with Tadd Dameron and Rudy Williams. Their trio, Three Bips And A Bop, was successful in clubs and on record with a Gonzales composition, ‘Oop-Pop-A-Da’ being sufficiently popular to encourage a later and much more successful recording by Dizzy Gillespie. One of the few vocalists to take comfortably to bebop, Gonzales was also one of the most able of scat singers. He incorporated hip and humorous monologues into his act and was active in promoting jazz. When employment was scarce, he sought work outside music and was once chauffeur to film star Errol Flynn. A frequently surreal performer, Gonzales overcame deficiencies of poor pitch and a rough-edged voice thanks to excellent timing and a good sense of harmony. In the mid-50s he...

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