I Paid My Dues: Good Times... No Bread By Babs Gonzales [SOLD]
I Paid My Dues: Good Times... No Bread By Babs Gonzales  [SOLD]
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Expubidence, East Orange, NJ, 1967, First Edition published only in wraps. First of two memoirs, (the second entitled, Movin' On Down De Line appeared in 1975), self-published by the jazz singer and pioneer of vocalese who wrote the Bop anthem "Oop-Pop-A -Da made famous by Dizzy Gillespie; Gonzales (born Lee Brown) recorded for Blue Note in the forties with his band Three Bips and a Bop; dubbing himself Ram Singh he donned a turban, chauffeured for Errol Flynn, renamed himself Babs Gonzales, reportedly to pass as a Mexican to ensure himself better hotel accommodation, served as saxophonist James Moody's road manager, gigged and recorded with a number of jazz luminaries and generally lived a colorful life. Strong near fine in pictorial wraps, appears unread, tight, crisp, unmarked copy with heavy tanning to pages as usual; uncommon to find this cheaply produced title in this condition. J1984

I Paid My Dues: Good Times... No Bread By Babs Gonzales  [SOLD]
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