Newman, David "Fathead"

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Newman, David "Fathead" Gender: M
Davis Newman, Jr.
born on 24 February 1933 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Corsicana, Texas, 32n06, 96w28
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 05°42' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 08°24 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 14°06'

David "Fathead" Newman
photo: Steve Mynett Vancouver, Canada, license cc-by-2.0


American jazz saxophonist. His nickname "Fathead" stuck after his high school music teacher saw his music upside down on the stand, and knowing that Newman couldn't read music very well, walked over and tapped him on his head with the conductor's baton and called him "Fathead."

His professional career as a musician began in 1954 as a member of the Ray Charles Band. That year, Newman joined Charles in his band as the baritone saxophone player, thus beginning a twelve-year gig with Charles. He later joined Herbie Mann, with whom he played for another ten years.

Up to 2008, Newman recorded over thirty-eight albums under his own name, including his first, Fathead, Ray Charles Presents David 'Fathead' Newman, released in 1960, and the second, The Sound of the Wide Open Spaces, with James Clay, the following year.

Always a musicians' musician, Newman is best known for his hard bop style that has influenced generations of saxophone players of different genres. He also played R&B and blues, appearing on recordings with Stanley Turrentine, Aretha Franklin, B. B. King, the Average White Band, Jimmy McGriff, Eric Clapton and many more.

In Ray, the 2004 biographical film about Ray Charles, Newman was portrayed by Bokeem Woodbine.

On 20 January 2009, he died from complications of pancreatic cancer.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Charles, Ray (born 23 September 1930). Notes: music partnership
  • associate relationship with Clapton, Eric (born 30 March 1945). Notes: music partnership
  • associate relationship with Clay, James (born 8 September 1935). Notes: music partnership
  • associate relationship with Franklin, Aretha (born 25 March 1942). Notes: music partnership
  • associate relationship with King, B.B. (born 16 September 1925). Notes: music partnership
  • associate relationship with Latifah, Queen (born 18 March 1970). Notes: music partnership


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield from BC in hand.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (saxophonist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz