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us: Sun Ra

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  • Variants

    • us: Blount, Herman
    • us: Ra, Sun
    • us: Le Sun Ra
    • us: Ra, Le Sun
    • us: Le Sony'r Ra
    • us: Ra, Le Sony'r
    • us: Blount, Sonny
    • us: Bourke, Sonny
    • us: Lee, Herman
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

    • Death Date

    • Birth Place

        (naf) Birmingham (Ala.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Birmingham (Ala.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Associated Locale

        (lcsh) Saturn (Planet)
    • Gender

    • Field of Activity

        (lcsh) Jazz
      • Occupation

          (lcsh) Pianists
            (lcsh) Keyboard players
        • Additonal Related Forms

          • us: Intergalactic Myth-Science Solar Arkestra
        • Sources

          • found: John Cage meets Sun Ra [SR] p1987.
          • found: Biog. dict. of jazz, c1982 (Sun Ra, pianist, electric keyboardist, leader; b. Herman Blount)
          • found: Super-sonic sounds [SR] 1974: labels (Le Sun Ra)
          • found: New Grove dict. of jazz (Sun Ra (Blount, Herman ("Sonny"); Bourke, Sonny; Le Sony'r Ra); b. May 1914, Birmingham, AL)
          • found: Jazz, 1988 (Sun Ra (aka Herman "Sonny" Blount; name at birth Herman Lee?))
          • found: Washington Post 05-31-93 (Sun Ra, 79, d. 05-30-93, Baptist Medical Center-Princeton; dateline Birmingham)
          • found: Space is the place, 1997: CIP t.p. (the life and times of Sun Ra) data sheet (Herman Poole "Sonny" Blount; 1914-1993)
          • found: Wikipedia, viewed 19 August 2014 (died in Birmingham. Claimed to be from Saturn)
          • found: Space is the place, 2014: credits (The Intergalactic Myth-Science Solar Arkestra; all music arranged, composed and conducted by Sun Ra) accompanying book, page 123 (The Intergalactic Myth-Science Solar Arkestra: Sun Ra, keyboards, declamation)
          • found: Grove music online, December 11, 2015 (when Herman "Sonny" Blount (technically, Sun Ra was his stage name) changed his name to Le Sony'r Ra, he began calling his band an Arkestra, and this word "appears in dozens of combinations: Myth-Science Arkestra, Solar Arkestra, Intergalactic Arkestra, and so forth")
        • LC Classification

          • ML410.S978
          • PS3569.U49
        • Change Notes

          • 1988-01-29: new
          • 2015-12-12: revised
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