Dolphy, Eric

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Dolphy, Eric Gender: M
Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr.
born on 20 June 1928 at 14:45 (= 2:45 PM )
Place Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Best
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 29°19' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 10°57 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 05°03'

Portrait of Eric Dolphy 
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Eric Dolphy
photo: Jazzcat, license fair-use


American jazz musician, he played saxophone, clarinet and flute. He first came to national attention as a band member with Chico Hamilton but began playing solo shortly afterward in late 1959. His most productive recording years were the early 1960s. At the height of his career, he died in on June 29, 1964, not even 40 years old, from complications of undiagnosed diabetes in Berlin, Germany.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Carter, Ron (born 4 May 1937)
  • associate relationship with Geller, Herb (born 2 November 1928). Notes: Played in high school band
  • associate relationship with Hamilton, Chico (born 20 September 1921). Notes: Music collaborators
  • associate relationship with Haynes, Roy (born 13 March 1925)


  • Death by Disease 29 June 1964 in Berlin (Berlin) (Of undiagnosed diabetes, age 36)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Nick Dagan Best quotes Alan Saul (Dolphy's chief archivist) for birth certificate time and Vladimir Simosko and Barry Tepperman's biography ('Eric Dolphy: A Musical Biography and Discography') for birthdate.

Alan Saul is Dolphy's (who died in 1964) chief archivist and has possession of his old documents, inherited from his parents.

Update 26 Sept. 2017: The original entry based on Nick Dagan's information was for 28 June 1928. However, a user of ABD put that date in question. A check in the biography quoted above showed that it holds 20 June 1928 as date of birth. The birth certificate is on file, and it also has 20 June, well legible.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Diabetes/ Hypoglycemia (undiagnosed and fatal)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist