Jazz trumpeter, composer, and songwriter who broke musical rules and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
He rode horses on his parent's ranch in northern Arkansas, and was slapped by his instructor, Elwood Buchanan, whenever he played with vibrato.
His most famous musical album is Kind of Blue, which was released in 1959 by Columbia Records and was voted in as a national treasure by the House of Representatives in 2009.
He married his third wife, Cicely Tyson on November 26, 1981.
He structured his 1948 band as a nonet with a tuba off of the example of jazz legend Duke Ellington.
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