Education: Florida A&M University, attended until 1948; studied music at U.S. Naval Academy.
Birth Place: TAMPA, Florida
Marital Status: none
Birth Date: 09/15/1928/
Death Date: GARY, Indiana 08/08/1975
Status & Notes
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" is a song written by Joe Zawinul in 1966 for Julian "Cannonball" Adderley and his album Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at 'The Club'. The song is the title track of the album and became a surprise hit. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" went to #2 on the Soul chart and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. I like this song because the song has a bluesy feeling, although it does not follow a typical blues progression, making it unique.
The song has been re-recorded numerous times, by many many different artists and composers, the most notable being by some of the following;
The Buckinghams who reached # 5 in August 1967, adding lyrics to the tune.
The Mauds in 1967, with lyrics by Curtis Mayfield. It has now become a jazz standard performed by both beginner and advanced jazz musicians.
And the theme of the song on the original recording is performed by Joe Zawinul himself playing it on a Wurlitzer electric piano previously used by Ray Charles.
The tune is composed in the key of B-flat major, and has a 20-bar structure with four distinct sections.
Cannonball says; what’s up peeps, about to perform at Cafe Bohemia, Oscar Pettiford's group asked me to sit in cauz their lazzzzzy saxophone player was late. That’s what you get when you bring a sax into a club so it aint stolen. #yolo #blackman problems #gunna burst some eardrums with smooooothness.
Jazz musician Cannonball Adderley was born Julian Edwin Adderley in Tampa, Florida on September 15, 1928. He attended the U.S. Navy School of Music before moving to New York City in the 1950s. In 1957, he played with Miles Davis and was featured on his next two albums. Known for playing the alto saxophone, critics appreciated Adderley’s upbeat sound. He died on August 8, 1975. His father was a educater, and a trumpet player.
Cannonball says; Sick show, word around here is that I’m pretty slick, #smiley face!
While a knack for interpreting funky crossover material such as Zawinul's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" won the Adderley quintet one of the jazz world's largest audiences, Cannonball's personality also played a pivotal role in sustaining the band's prominence among fans worldwide. He was the most articulate and engaging of musicians,and he invariably educated his listeners with wry commentary that illuminated the music. He was also a voracious listener and talent scout who introduced several prominent musicians through both employing them in his ensemble and serving as a studio record producer. Cannonball was the one who called Wes Montgomery to the attention of Riverside Records, produced the debut recording of Chuck Mangione, and collaborated so brilliantly with a young Nancy Wilson. The open, affirmative personality he displayed on stage was reflected in his music, which over time was touched by the subtle eloquence of his former boss Miles Davis and the exploratory intensity of his Davis colleague John Coltrane.
Cannonball says; Oh sh*t Strokes are NOT FUN!!!!! Feel like I’m gunna die, lord please have MERCY MERCY MERCY ;)