BLUES FOR ANNA BACOA * LYNN HOPE * VOGUE 9081 * GB
Born September 1926, Birmingham, Alabama, Lynn Hope, or Al Hajji Abdullah Rascheed Ahmed, as he was know after becoming a Moslem, played tenor saxophone, first with the King Kolax's band, then in his own group with his sister and brothers. His first signing was with Miracle in 1950, although no recordings came from it, from there he went to Premium, and had his biggest hit Tenderly, which was then leased to Chess records. He joined Aladdin in 1951 and stayed with them until 1957, where his use of old standards lead other musicians to call him 'No Hope', but the public liked his records, and his appetence, he would wear a turban, due to his faith, and his records sold to audiences out side of the United States, a rare feat for a R&B musician on an independent label in the early 1950s.
See also Blue Moon
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