Texas tenor man David “Fathead” Newman, whose music career spanned more than half a century, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer. He was 75.
Newman spent a decade performing with Ray Charles during Mr. Charles’s magnificent prime. (Bokeem Woodbine portrayed him in the movie “Ray.”)
As a solo artist, Newman maintained a prolific output. His latest album, “Diamondhead,” was released a year ago.
I am streaming two tracks on my Vox blog in Mr. Newman’s honor.
Click here to hear his classic rendition of “Hard Times,” from the 1958 album “Fathead: Ray Charles Presents David ‘Fathead’ Newman.” (Ray plays piano on this cut.)
Then click here for “Georgia On My Mind,” from Newman’s 2005 CD “I Remember Brother Ray.”