'Big' Jim Wynn

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b. 21 June 1912, El Paso, Texas, USA, d. 1976, Los Angeles, California, USA. After moving to Los Angeles as a child, Wynn began his musical tuition on clarinet before switching to tenor sax and playing…
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b. 21 June 1912, El Paso, Texas, USA, d. 1976, Los Angeles, California, USA. After moving to Los Angeles as a child, Wynn began his musical tuition on clarinet before switching to tenor sax and playing professionally with the band of Charlie Echols. In 1936, Wynn had his own band and began to link up with T-Bone Walker; this association would last until the end of the famous blues musician’s life, with the Wynn band regularly touring and recording with him. The Wynn band’s own recording career lasted through R&B’s golden years, when records were released on 4 Star/Gilt Edge (1945 - including his biggest hit ‘Ee-Bobaliba’, which was lucratively covered in various disguises by the likes of Helen Humes and Lionel Hampton), Modern (1946), Specialty and Supreme (1948), Mercury and Recorded In Hollywood (1951) and Million (1954). By the late 40s, Wynn increasingly eschewed his tenor in place of a beefy baritone saxophone, and its deep honking, coupled with his own histrionic stage act, was the role model for the next generation of west coast R&B saxophonists. A respected session musician from the late 50s into the 70s, Wynn often played with the bands of his good friends T-Bone Walker and Johnny Otis.