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Big Jay McNeely
Birth nameCecil James McNeely
BornApril 29, 1927(1927-04-29)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedSeptember 16, 2018(2018-09-16) (aged 91)
Moreno Valley, California, U.S.
GenresJump blues, West Coast blues, jazz blues, rhythm and blues
InstrumentsTenor saxophone
Years activeLate 1940s–2018
LabelsCleopatra Blues, a division of Cleopatra Records[1]

Cecil James McNeely (April 29, 1927 – September 16, 2018), better known as Big Jay McNeely, was an American rhythm and blues saxophonist.[2] He was born in Los Angeles, California. McNeely's first hit was "The Deacon's Hop," [3] an instrumental which topped the Billboard R&B chart in early 1949.[2] He was added into The Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame.[4]

McNeely died on September 16, 2018 from prostate cancer in Moreno Valley, California at the age of 91.[5]


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