David 'Fathead' Newman

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David "Fathead" Newman (February 24, 1933 – January 20, 2009) was an American jazz saxophonist.

Born in Corsicana, Texas, Newman's professional career as a musician began in 1954 as a member of the Ray Charles Band.

While there are reports of Newman offering more than one origin of his nickname "Fathead", the commonly accepted explanation is that the nickname originated from his high school music class. Mr. Miller, his then music teacher, saw his music upside down on the stand, and knowing that Newman could not read music very well at the time, walked over and tapped him on his head with the conductor's baton and called him "Fathead". The entire classroom laughed and Newman, having good humor, did not find it derogatory. The name stuck with him, but he said he preferred to be called "David".

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