Jon Hendricks – Jon, He ‘s Only Singing

This day (September 16, 1921), in Newark, Ohio, is born Jon Hendricks, an American jazz singer, one of the originators of vocalese

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Wikipedia : This day (September 16, 1921), in Newark, Ohio, is born Jon Hendricks, an American jazz singer, one of the originators of vocalese

Jon Hendricks : Recalling that Charlie Parker had, at a stop in Toledo two years prior, encouraged him to come to New York and look him up, Hendricks moved there and began his singing career.

@Allmusic : After returning to San Francisco, Hendricks wrote about jazz for the San Francisco Chronicle; taught jazz; and formed a group with his wife Judith, children Michelle and Eric, and other singers (including for a time Bobby McFerrin) called the Hendricks Family, that was active on a part-time basis for decades to come.

@last.fm : In 1957 he teamed with Dave Lambert and Annie Ross to form the legendary vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. With Jon as lyricist, the trio perfected the art of vocalese and took it around the world, earning them the designation of the “Number One Vocal Group in the World” for five years in a row from Melody Maker magazine.

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