The Village Caller Music Show: Lee Morgan

By: Bill Tucker.

Lee+MorganEdward Lee Morgan was born on July 10, 1938 in Philadelphia and died on February 19, 1972 in New York City. He was 33years old. Packed into those 33 years was some of the best jazz trumpeting the jazz world has ever heard. Lee Morgan was killed by his girlfriend in the club whhe was playing. Wikipedia describes it best, “Morgan was killed in the early hours of February 19, 1972, at Slug’s Saloon, a jazz club in New York City’s East Village where his band was performing. Following an altercation between sets, Morgan’s common-law wife Helen More (a.k.a. Morgan), shot him. The injuries were not immediately fatal, but the ambulance service was reluctant to go into the neighborhood where the club was located. They took so long to get there that Morgan bled to death. He was 33 years old. According to an eyewitness, Miss More (13 years his senior) walked out of the club just before the last set. She returned and the band was already on stage. Lee was trying to get up there, but was talking with some people. He just started to get up the stage, when she entered and called his name. He turned around and she shot him. She then turned the gun on the club’s doorman Ernie Holman, who grabbed her wrist and took the gun away from her. She started to scream “Baby, what have I done?” and ran to him. She was later committed to a mental institution for some time. Soon after, Helen Morgan returned to her native North Carolina. Reportedly she never spoke publicly of the incident, until she granted an interview a month before her death. She died in Wilmington, NC, from a heart condition, in March 1996”. In an instant it was over, but Lee Morgan left us enough music in his 33 years on the planet to enjoy for a life time. Enjoy a few of my favorites.

Lee Morgan: Angela

Lee Morgan: The Gigolo

Lee Morgan Sextet: I Remember Clifford

Lee Morgan: You Go To My Head

I hope you enjoyed the show!



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