Marcus Belgrave RIP

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  1. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Detroit Mi USA
    Farewell to another Detroit legend......
    DETROIT (AP) — Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He was 78.
    Hazelette Crosby-Robinson, a cousin of Belgrave's wife Joan Belgrave, said the musician died Sunday at an Ann Arbor care facility. The cause of death was heart failure.
    Belgrave remained active on the Detroit and international jazz scenes up until his death. He started playing professionally at 12 and joined The Ray Charles Band in the late 1950s.
    He came to Detroit in 1962 and became a studio musician for Motown Records, playing on hits including "My Girl" and "Dancing in the Street."
    In 2009, he received the Kresge Foundation's Eminent Artist award, honoring nationally acclaimed artists who have pursued careers in Detroit.
  2. robertawillisjr

    robertawillisjr Music Lover

    Hampton, VA
    Bad news. He helped in the creation of some great music. RIP
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  3. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    RIP - another important Detroit music great.
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  4. guy incognito

    guy incognito Senior Member

    Aw, nuts. :(


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  5. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Detroit Mi USA
    Thanks Mike. That was beautiful and appropriate.
  6. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    Great talent. RIP.
  7. kozy814

    kozy814 Forum Resident

    He was a very nice guy and a musical giant. I had the good fortune of playing on the same bill with him at a local festival a couple years back. Prayers to his wife Joan and the rest of his family. RIP Marcus.
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  8. jiffypopinski

    jiffypopinski Forum Resident

    West Virginia
    Damn.... RIP. :cry:

    Such an incredible talent. Gemini is one of the greatest:

  9. BluTom

    BluTom Forum Resident

    RIP Marcus. Going to pull out Gemini tonight for a listen.
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  10. tenor1

    tenor1 Forum Resident

    So glad I got to see him play live a few years ago, with John Handy no less. Here's one of my favorite songs that he recorded:

  11. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

    Very sad news indeed. RIP Marcus
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