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Babs Gonzales and Salome Bey. Photo courtesy of the Fraser MacPherson estate

Babs Gonzales (October 27, 1919 – January 23, 1980), born Lee Brown, was an American jazz vocalist of the bebop era most notable for penning the famous Dizzy Gillespie song "Oop-Pop-A-Da", which was originally recorded and performed by his own band, Three Bips and a Bop. Babs was also once the chauffeur for Errol Flynn. In 1967, Babs published an autobiography titled, "i, paid my dues - good times...no bread - a story of jazz."

Gonzales was born in Newark, NJ. He was known to be an exponent of vocalese, an example of this would be his version of the Charlie Parker bop standard "Ornithology". From 1950 to 1953, Gonzales was road manager and vocalist for the James Moody band and later gigged and recorded with musicians such as Jimmy Smith, Benny Green, Lenny Hambro and Johnny Griffin. Sonny Rollins also made his recording debut with Gonzales. He was also a Beat poet.








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