Joe Sample

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Birthday
1, 1939
Birthplace
Houston, TX
Death Date
Sep 12, 2014 (75)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
1, 1939
Birthplace
Houston, TX
Death Date
Sep 12, 2014 (75)

About

Co-founded The Crusaders and also had a successful solo career. He was skilled in jazz, gospel, blues, Latin, and classical.

Before Fame

He founded the Swingsters with drummer 'Stix' Hooper and saxophonist Wilton Felder while he was in high school. He attended Texas Southern University where he met trombonist Wayne Henderson, who also became a member of the Swingsters.

Trivia

He collaborated with such notables as Miles Davis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eric Clapton, and The Supremes.

Family Life

His parents nurtured his musical talents, and he started studying piano when he was five. He was married to Yolanda Sample up until his death in 2014.

Associated With

He was heavily influenced by Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington.