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Big Jay McNeely
Big Jay McNeely
|Birth name||Cecil James McNeely|
|Born||April 29, 1927|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||September 16, 2018 (aged 91)|
Moreno Valley, California, U.S.
|Genres||Jump blues, West Coast blues, jazz blues, rhythm and blues|
|Years active||Late 1940s–2018|
|Labels||Cleopatra Blues, a division of Cleopatra Records|
Cecil James McNeely (April 29, 1927 – September 16, 2018), better known as Big Jay McNeely, was an American rhythm and blues saxophonist. He was born in Los Angeles, California. McNeely's first hit was "The Deacon's Hop,"  an instrumental which topped the Billboard R&B chart in early 1949. He was added into The Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame.
- Jonny Whiteside, "Veteran Saxophone "Honker" Big Jay McNeely Can Still Blow Them Away", "LA Weekly", December 8, 2016
- "Biography by Bill Dahl". Allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p7105/biography. Retrieved December 21, 2009.
- "Bman's Blues Report: Deacon's Hop - Big Jay McNeely and Detroit Gary Wiggins". http://www.bmansbluesreport.com/2012/04/deacons-hop-big-jay-mcneely-and-detroit.html.
- "Blues Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Music Awards Set for May in Memphis". 2014-02-19. http://www.classicalite.com/articles/6016/20140219/blues-foundation-hall-of-fame-induction-ceremony-and-music-awards-set-for-may-in-memphis.htm.
- R.I.P. Big Jay McNeely, April 29, 1927-Sept. 16, 2018
- Official Website Big Jay McNeely
- Big Jay McNeely MySpace page
- Big Jay McNeely page at This is Vintage Now
- Dozens of vintage photos and album covers
- McNeely stage performance photograph at Soulpatrol.com
- Big Jay McNeely and "Detroit" Gary Wiggins - Saxomania Tour Europe
- NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Interview with Big Jay McNeely May 23, 2013