from Newark, NJ
October 27, 1919 - January 23, 1980 (age 60)
A limited but enthusiastic singer, Babs Gonzales did what he could to popularize bop. He had brief stints with Charlie Barnet and Lionel Hampton, and then led his own group (Three Bips a Bop) during 1946-1949. They recorded 24 numbers during 1947-1949, including the earliest version of Oop-Pop-A-Da and such songs as Weird Lullaby, A Lesson in Bopology, Professor Bop, and Prelude to a Nightmare; among his sidemen on these dates were Tadd Dameron, Tony Scott, Roy Haynes, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Julius Watkins, Sonny Rollins (making his recording debut), Art Pepper, Wynton Kelly, and even Don Redman. However, once the bop "fad" ended, Gonzales became more of a cult figure. He worked with James Moody (1951-1953), recorded with Jimmy Smith and Johnny Griffin, ran his own label (Expubidence), and wrote two autobiographies that were more colorful than accurate. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
Babs Gonzales – Live At Small's Paradise (FULL ALBUM)
Babs Gonzales LIVE!!! La La in Paris
Babs Gonzales – Tales Of Manhattan: The Cool Philosophy Of Babs Gonzales (FULL ALBUM)
Babs Gonzales - The Preacher
Babs Gonzales LIVE!!!
'Round Midnight' - Babs Gonzales
Babs Gonzales - The Boss Is Back (Ornithology)
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