Sun Ra

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Birthday
22, 1914
Birthplace
Alabama
Death Date
May 30, 1993 (79)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
22, 1914
Birthplace
Alabama
Death Date
May 30, 1993 (79)

About

Incorporated ancient Egyptian and sci-fi motifs into his Arkestra. He was innovative with the addition of chants and eerie sounds.

Before Fame

He was composing original piano works by the age of 12. By his teenage years, he could impress friends and relatives by transcribing the music of big bands entirely from memory after seeing them once.

Trivia

He claimed to be an alien from another planet, and he dressed on stage in a sequined hat and a jacket embroidered with planets. He improvised the tempo and key of his music.

Family Life

He was born Herman "Sonny" Blount in Birmingham, Alabama, his name coming from a popular vaudeville performer.

Associated With

His musical style, especially on piano, was similar to that of another jazz iconoclast, Thelonious Monk.