Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

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"Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"
Composition by Charles Mingus
from the album Mingus Ah Um
Released 1959
Genre Jazz
Length 5:42
Label Columbia
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. 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 broad-brimmed pork pie hat.[2] It is one of Mingus's best-known compositions and 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 jazzstandards.com. 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.