Update: Posted April, 2004
Ace Cannon and Bobby Stewart
Sam Phillips, the legendary Memphis record producer and owner of Sun Studios once said,
"Ace Cannon is the greatest saxophone player who ever lived, but then he came out of the
same stables as Carl Perkins, Elvis, Jerry Lee and Bill Justice." Dubbed the
"Godfather of Sax," by Phillips and Joe Coughi of Hi Records, Cannon is best
known for his instrumental hit, "Tuff," which he recorded in 1962.
On Saturday April 24, Tate Countians got the chance to hear the virtuoso saxophonist
along with local favorites Bobby Stewart and Logan Country at "Pickin' in the Park"
from 1-5 p.m., sponsored by Sycamore Arts.
Ace in the Hole
Cannon was born in Grenada, learning to play the saxophone at age 10. He first came
to prominence with the well-known Bill Black Combo in 1959, appearing on the popular
television shows of the time, such as "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Merv Griffin Show",
and "American Bandstand."
He has recorded over 50 albums and has been nominated for Grammy awards for his
instrumental recording of "Blues Eyes Crying In the Rain" and for his work with the
Bill Black Combo on "Going Back to Memphis", which appeared on the 1997 Elvis tribute
album "All the Kings Men".
In 1986, Cannon was asked by Dick Clark to join the All Star Country Band for
the "Country Music Academy TV Special". That year he recorded "The Class of '55"
with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. He has recorded
several albums that are sold on television, including one with trumpet legend Al
Hirt, which is one of the biggest "TV albums" in history. Although he started as a
Rockabilly performer, Cannon's repertoire contains everything from rock and roll
to country, pop, blues and jazz, so there is something for everyone. Cannon was
inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2000.
Two of his regular band members, Bill Tharpe who plays keyboards, and his manager
and drummer Carl Griffin will perform with him at the concert in Senatobia. Also
joining Cannon for this show will be Mike Lamb, guitar, and Bobby Stewart, bass.
These days, Cannon spends a lot time on the road playing concerts, festivals,
corporate functions, and fairs all over the U.S. and in the Carribean and Bahamas,
according to his manager, Griffin. He is currently working on a new album, "Ace
and Friends," which is due to be released in September of 2004.
Update: Posted May 2nd, 2000
Ace Cannon was inducted into the Rock and Soul Hall of Fame Museum on
April 28, 2000.
Update: March 8th, 2000
Ace Cannon recently agreed to record three albums, of which one has been
completed and is at distributors, the second is scheduled for release mid year
2000. The third is to be finished by late 2000. The first album
completed is titled "Blues Sax For The Millennium", this album may also
be purchased online at amazon.com , cdnow.com,
cdworld.com, cduniverse.com. and most record shops.
Ace Cannon, saxophone virtuoso, a return to classically executed, quality musicianship. A musician
whose records have consistently appeared on Billboard's and Cashbox's charts. Ace Cannon started his
career in Memphis, Tennessee, recording on many of the 1950's hits on SUN RECORDS. Says Sam Phillips,
quote: "Ace Cannon is the greatest saxophone player who ever lived, but then he came out of the same
stables as Carl Perkins, Elvis, Jerry Lee, Bill Justice, etc."
Ace and his band at a sound check at a job in San Antonio.
In 1959 he started with the BILL BLACK
COMBO, (which was one of the most popular instrumental groups of their era,) in the U.S. and the
Bahamas, where he traveled on all concert dates and played the lead saxophone on all the original
recordings. They appeared on the most prominent TV shows of that era, including The Ed Sullivan
Show, The Merv Griffin Show, Dick Clark's American Bandstand, and The Buddy Dean Show in
P.O. Box 565
Greenville, MS 38701
Ace Cannon's home website
After signing a three album agreement with RMD Music,
Ace is on his way to the studio.
ŠRockabilly Hall of FameŽ