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# 1 Don Cherry, born Donald Eugene Cherry (November 18, 1936 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - October 19, 1995) was an American jazz trumpeter.
# 2 Donald Ross Cherry (born January 11, 1924) is an American singer of traditional pop music.

#1 Don Cherry gained notoriety in the late 1950s through legendary Ornette Coleman recordings featuring Cherry’s cornet and trumpet playing (sometimes featuring his playing of novel horns); including The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959) and Free Jazz (1961), the latter of which bred an entirely new sub-genre of jazz itself. After leaving Coleman and playing with John Coltrane on The Avant-Garde (1961), he signed a deal with Blue Note records to release three albums. The first and most famous of these recordings, Complete Communion (1965), proved Cherry’s worth and originality as a composer by developing several different themes within each twenty minute piece and blurring the distinction between composition and improvisation.

# 2 Donald Ross Cherry (born January 11, 1924) is an American singer of traditional pop music, best known for his 1955 hit, “Band of Gold”; and a former amateur and professional golfer.
Cherry was born in Wichita Falls, Texas. He started as a big band singer in the orchestras of Jan Garber and Victor Young. In 1951 he recorded his first solo hits, “Thinking of You” and “Belle, Belle, My Liberty Belle”. In 1955 came his biggest hit, “Band of Gold”, which reached #5 on the Billboard chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.


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