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George Jinda


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Born: Jun 4, 1941 (Budapest, Hungary)
Died: Jan 11, 2001 (due to Myoclonic Disorder)

- Established Special EFX with guitarist Chieli Minucci in 1992. The two formed one of the most successful smooth jazz bands ever, Special EFX. Special EFX released 13 albums before Minucci and Jinda split in the mid-90’s. The split was friendly and Minucci agreed to let Jinda keep recording under the Special EFX name. “Here to Stay” The first Minucci-less album, was released in 1996. Jinda took the band on the road. Jinda’s asthma and diabetes worsened in 97, causing him to suffer a stroke. The long-term effect was myoclonic disorder, a neurological disorder that left Jinda with no control over his body’s bodily functions. The bedridden Jinda was cared for by his wife, Nivea, and the two gave their blessings to handing Special EFX back to Minucci. Jinda passed away in 2001.


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  • Regina0271

    Oh wow, I didn't know George Jinda died. His album News and Views is awesome, and he was great with Chieli Minucci in Special EFX.

    21 Mar 2011 Reply