Sheldon was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He originally became known through his participation in the West Coast “Cool” Jazz movement of the 1950s, performing and recording with such figures as Art Pepper, Gerry Mulligan and Curtis Counce.
In the 1960s Sheldon starred in his own TV series, Run Buddy Run, and led the band on the Merv Griffin TV show. He also made numerous appearances on the 1967-70 version of the Jack Webb television series Dragnet.
His voice is perhaps best known from the popular Schoolhouse Rock cartoons of the early 1970s, such as “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just A Bill.” Sheldon also appeared in a documentary film about the life of fellow Lazz trumpeter Chet Baker called Let’s Get Lost.
Sheldon also guest voiced on The Simpsons episode “The Day the Violence Died” as a parody of Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill”. In this he is just an “amendment to be.”
As of 2007, Sheldon is still active and performing. Look for the California Cool Quartet in Glendale, Los Angeles, The Valley and all over Southern California.
Edited by CITADELL on 7 Oct 2007, 03:36
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