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David Newman (AP photo)
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KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) - David "Fathead" Newman, a jazz musician who played with the Ray Charles Band and won fame as a tenor sax soloist, has died at age 75.

Newman played and recorded with a wide range of jazz and soul luminaries, such as Herbie Mann, Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville. He also led a successful solo career.

He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1990 for his work with Art Blakey and Dr. John.

His wife and manager Karen Newman says the jazz musician died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer in a Kingston, N.Y., hospital.

According to his Web site, Newman spent 12 years with the Ray Charles Band beginning in 1954. He began as the baritone sax player and became the star tenor sax soloist.




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Published in Austin American-Statesman from January 22 to February 7, 2009
David "Fathead" Newman, a jazz musician and Dallas native who played with the Ray Charles Band and won fame as a tenor sax soloist, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer in a Kingston, N.Y., hospital,... Read Obituary
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