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Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck Dies

By Jeff Schwachter
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One of America's greatest composers and musicians, Dave Brubeck, died at the age of 91 on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

The jazz musician and leader of the Dave Brubeck Quartet would have celebrated his 92nd birthday Thursday.

Brubeck is important in American music for many reasons, but he is probably most known for his huge hit "Take Five."


How Brubeck got the song, according to one legend, has an Atlantic City connection and goes like this:

The Brubeck Quartet's saxophonist Paul Desmond lost a lot of money at a casino in Atlantic City — although legalized gambling wasn't allowed in Atlantic City until 1978 and the song dates back to the late 1950s.

"Despite his poor luck," as one Web site has it, "Desmond was fascinated by the sound made by the slot machine, which sounded like: One And two And Three, Four, Five, One And two And Three, Four, Five...Desmond went home and wrote 'Take Five,' which soon became Dave Brubeck's biggest hit."

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1. ljmathis@verizon.net said... on Dec 5, 2012 at 04:20PM

“Heard this at a friends sistrers house back in the day, played the album once, last time i heard "Take Five" was enough tonight. 5 minutes of the same song
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2. ljmathis@verizon.net said... on Dec 5, 2012 at 04:20PM

“Heard this at a friends sistrers house back in the day, played the album once, last time i heard "Take Five" was enough tonight. 5 minutes of the same song
,”

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