Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

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"Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"
Composition by Charles Mingus
from the album Mingus Ah Um
Composer(s)Charles Mingus
Producer(s)Teo Macero

"Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" is a jazz standard[1] composed by Charles Mingus, originally recorded by his sextet in 1959 as listed below, and released on his album Mingus Ah Um. Composed in E-flat minor, Mingus wrote it as an elegy for saxophonist Lester Young, who had died two months prior to the recording session, and was known to wear a pork pie hat.[2]

One of Mingus's best-known compositions, it has been recorded by many jazz and jazz fusion artists.[3] Joni Mitchell added lyrics to the song for her 1979 album Mingus, recorded in collaboration with Mingus during the months before his death.[4] Rahsaan Roland Kirk also composed lyrics to the song, included on his 1976 album The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man.



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  1. ^ Goodbye Pork Pie Hat at Retrieved on March 5, 2009
  2. ^ Mingus Ah Um at AllMusic. Retrieved March 11, 2009
  3. ^ "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Charles Mingus - Song Info - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Mingus on AllMusic. Retrieved on March 5, 2009
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 137. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
  6. ^ Snowden, Don (July 29, 1988). "Stanley Clarke Lets His Bass Do the Talking in Solo Album". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 8, 2018.