Artist: Charles MingusAuthor: Charles MingusLabel: ColumbiaYear: 1959
Song about Lester Young, Billie Holiday's saxophone player who died earlier that year and who always donned a flat top hat like Gene Hackman's in The French Connection.
Bert Jansch & John Renbourn [the first non jazz version]
Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
Joni Mitchell [following Charles Mingus' death]
Jeanne Lee & Mal Waldron
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