Ben Tucker

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For the nineteenth-century American anarchist, see Benjamin Tucker.

Benjamin M. "Ben" Tucker (December 13, 1930 - June 4, 2013)[1] was an American jazz bassist who appeared on hundreds of recordings. Tucker played on albums by Art Pepper, Billy Taylor, Quincy Jones, Grant Green, Dexter Gordon, Hank Crawford, Junior Mance, and Herbie Mann.[2]

He was born in Tennessee.[1] As bass player in the Dave Bailey Quintet in 1961, he wrote the original instrumental version of the song "Comin' Home Baby!", first issued on the album Two Feet in the Gutter.[3] Bob Dorough later wrote a lyric to the song, and the vocal version became a Top 40 hit for American jazz singer Mel Tormé in 1962.

In 1963 Tucker released the album Baby, You Should Know It, with Victor Feldman, Larry Bunker, Bobby Thomas, Ray Crawford, Tommy Tedesco and Carlos "Patato" Valdes.

By 1972, Tucker owned two radio stations, WSOK-AM, which had over 400,000 listeners, and WLVH-FM. Both of these were located in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia.

He died in a traffic collision in Hutchinson Island, Georgia,[1] on June 4, 2013.[4][5]

Discography[edit]

With Mose Allison

With Dave Bailey

With Kenny Burrell

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Lou Donaldson

With Teddy Edwards

With Gil Evans

With Dexter Gordon

With Grant Green

With Willis Jackson

With Illinois Jacquet

With Quincy Jones

With Clifford Jordan

With Yusef Lateef

With Junior Mance

With Herbie Mann

With Pat Martino

With James Moody

With Mark Murphy

With Oliver Nelson

With Lalo Schifrin

With Bola Sete

With Sonny Stitt

With Harold Vick

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