1962 Ace Cannon – Tuff
Ace Cannon began playing alto saxophone before he was even a teenager. He signed up with Sun Records as a studio musician and joined Bill Black’s Combo in 1959.
Ace left the band and recorded his first solo hit in 1961. He wrote and played the saxophone on the instrumental Tuff using the rest of the Bill Black Combo as his studio musicians. The single peaked at #17 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B chart and also reached the Country top twenty in 1962.
Ace released nearly twenty albums during his career and received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance in 1975.
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