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Edgar Jefferson, 3 August 1918, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 9 May 1979, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Beginning his showbusiness career as a dancer and occasional singer, Jefferson gradually concentrated on his latter talent. After achieving limited success, as a scat singer in the mid- to late 40s, Jefferson was largely responsible for the creation of so-called vocalese, devising lyrics to fit solos originally improvised by leading jazz musicians. Among the solos to which Jefferson wrote words was that played on Body And Soul by Coleman Hawkins (with whom he had briefly worked in the early 40s), Parkers Mood by Charlie Parker and James Moodys version of Im In The Mood For Love. This composition, variously retitled but usually known as Moodys Mood For Love was recorded by King Pleasure, and achieved considerable success, thus opening doors for its adaptor. Jefferson subsequently worked...