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Ace Cannon, born as John Cannon[1(Grenada, Mississippimay 5, 1934), is an American tenor and alto saxophonist. He was one of the most prominent artists of Hi Records in the 1960s. [2]


At the age of 10 for the first time he played the saxophone. His father worked as a violinist and guitarist in Memphis and the surrounding area. [3The young Cannon went to the Hollywood Junior High School and Tech High school, where he played in school orchestras. After obtaining his degree, he enrolled in a music course at the Memphis State University, but kept there after one and a half semester on.[4He then worked for six years as an administrative assistant and manager at a company that manufactures irrigation pumps. [3]

Cannon signed with Sun Records and played there with Billy Lee Riley and Brad Suggs. He made from 1959 to 1961 at the Hi Records Bill Black's Combo and done much work as a session musician. In the beginning he made use of the name ' Johnny Cannon '. One of the owners of Hi Records, Joey Coughi, created his stage name: Ace Cannon. [3In 1961 he started, accompanied by Black and his group, to his solo career with the single "Tuff". This peaked in 1962 the 17th place in the Billboard Hot 100.His next single "Blues (Stay Away from Me)" ended up on the 36th place.

Cannon moved In the 1970s to Nashville. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his portrayal of "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain". In 1974 he was made about him entitled a documentarie Aces High.

In 1987, he played at the request of Chips Mahadevan, who worked for him as a sound engineer at Hi Records, with Johnny CashJerry Lee LewisCarl Perkins and Roy Orbison on the album Class of ' 55. [4after the release of this he toured until the end of the year with Perkins by the United States and the Scandinavian countries.

Cannon was included in the Rock and Soul Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In May 2007, it was in his hometown for the first time the annual Ace Cannon Festival. On december 9, 2008, he was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians ' Hall of Fame.


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