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Jackie Brenston (b 15 August 1930, Clarksdale, Mississippi - d. 15 December 1979, Memphis, Tennessee) was an R&B musician who recorded, with Ike Turner's band, the first version of the proto-rock and roll song “Rocket 88”.

Returning to Clarksdale from army service in 1947, Brenston learned to play the tenor saxophone, linking up with Ike Turner in 1950 as sax player and occasional singer in his band. The local success of…

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