59 Facts About Miles Davis

1. Miles Davis commented: 'So What' or Kind of Blue, they were done in that era, the right hour, the right day, and it happened.

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2. Miles Davis was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York City, with one of his trumpets, near the site of his idol, Duke Ellington.

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3. In early September 1991, Miles Davis checked into St John's Hospital near his home in Santa Monica, California, for routine tests.

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4. Miles Davis was interviewed on 60 Minutes by Harry Reasoner.

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5. In 1988, Miles Davis had a small part as a street musician in the Christmas comedy film Scrooged starring Bill Murray.

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6. Miles Davis collaborated with a number of figures from the British post-punk and new wave movements during this period, including Scritti Politti.

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7. Miles Davis released You're Under Arrest, his final album for Columbia, in September 1985.

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8. Miles Davis had become increasingly irritated at Columbia's delay in releasing Aura.

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9. Miles Davis credited Tyson with helping his recovery, which involved exercise, piano playing, and visits to spas.

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10. Miles Davis listened to his doctor's warnings and gave up alcohol and drugs.

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11. Miles Davis recorded The Man with the Horn from June 1980 to May 1981 with Macero producing.

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12. Miles Davis took painkillers and cocaine to cope with the pain.

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13. Miles Davis invited Buckmaster to New York City to oversee the writing and recording of the album with Macero.

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14. Miles Davis was committed to making music for African-Americans who liked more commercial, pop, groove-oriented music.

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15. In March 1970, Miles Davis began to perform as the opening act for various rock acts, allowing Columbia to market Bitches Brew to a larger audience.

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16. In October 1969, Miles Davis was shot at five times while in his car with one of his two lovers, Marguerite Eskridge.

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17. In September 1968, Miles Davis married 23-year-old model and songwriter Betty Mabry.

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18. Miles Davis began experimenting with more rock-oriented rhythms on these records.

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19. Miles Davis started a relationship with actress Cicely Tyson, who helped him reduce his alcohol consumption.

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20. In January 1966, Miles Davis spent three months in the hospital due to a liver infection.

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21. Miles Davis needed medical attention for hip pain, which had worsened since his Japanese tour during the previous year.

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22. In early 1958, Miles Davis began a relationship with Frances Taylor, a dancer he had met five years earlier in Los Angeles.

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23. Miles Davis persuaded Coltrane to play with the group on one final European tour in the spring of 1960.

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24. In March and April 1959, Miles Davis recorded what many critics consider his greatest album, Kind of Blue.

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25. Miles Davis performed with an orchestra conducted by Evans at Carnegie Hall in May 1961 to raise money for charity.

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26. Miles Davis accepted and worked with Gil Evans in what became a five-album collaboration from 1957 to 1962.

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27. Miles Davis wanted someone who could play modal jazz, so he hired Bill Evans, a young, white pianist with a background in classical music.

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28. In November 1957, Miles Davis went to Paris and recorded the soundtrack to Ascenseur pour l'echafaud directed by Louis Malle.

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29. Miles Davis was trying to live a healthier life by exercising and reducing his alcohol.

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30. Miles Davis signed a contract with Columbia that included a $4,000 advance and a condition that his recordings for Columbia would remain unreleased until his agreement with Prestige expired.

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31. Miles Davis had one year left on his contract with Prestige, which required him to release four more albums.

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32. Miles Davis tied with Dizzy Gillespie for best trumpeter in the 1955 Down Beat magazine Readers' Poll.

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33. Miles Davis convinced organizer George Wein that he should be on the bill, and Wein agreed.

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34. Miles Davis had an operation to remove polyps from his larynx in October 1955.

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35. Miles Davis wrote that in 1954 Sugar Ray Robinson "was the most important thing in my life besides music" and adopted Robinson's "arrogant attitude.

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36. Miles Davis gained a reputation for being cold, distant—and easily angered.

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37. Miles Davis abandoned the bebop style and turned to the music of pianist Ahmad Jamal, whose approach and use of space influenced him.

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38. Miles Davis informed Weinstock and management at Blue Note that he was ready to record with a quintet, which he was granted.

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39. Miles Davis lived in Detroit for about six months, avoiding New York City where it was easy to get drugs.

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40. Miles Davis was hired for other studio dates in March, June, and September 1951 and started transcribing scores for record labels to fund his heroin addiction.

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41. Miles Davis toured with Eckstine and Billie Holiday and was arrested for heroin possession in Los Angeles.

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42. Miles Davis left Cawthon and his three children in New York City in the hands of a friend, jazz singer Betty Carter.

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43. Miles Davis befriended boxer Johnny Bratton and began his interest in the sport.

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44. On his first trip abroad Miles Davis took a strong liking for Paris and its cultural environment, where he felt black jazz musicians and people of color in general were better respected than in America.

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45. In December 1948 Miles Davis quit, claiming he was not being paid.

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46. Miles Davis had to persuade the venue's manager to write the sign "Miles Davis Nonet.

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47. Miles Davis joined a quintet led by Parker that included Max Roach.

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48. Miles Davis was a member of Billy Eckstine's big band in 1946 and Gillespie's in 1947.

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49. In March 1946, Miles Davis played in studio sessions with Parker and began a collaboration with bassist Charles Mingus that summer.

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50. Miles Davis began performing at clubs on 52nd Street with Coleman Hawkins and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis.

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51. Miles Davis reunited with Cawthon and their daughter when they moved to New York City.

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52. Miles Davis played with the band for two weeks at Club Riviera.

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53. Miles Davis became the band's musical director, which involved hiring musicians and scheduling rehearsal.

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54. Miles Davis had a band that performed at the Elks Club.

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55. Miles Davis took additional trumpet lessons from Joseph Gustat, principal trumpeter of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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56. Miles Davis said that whenever he started playing with heavy vibrato, Buchanan slapped his knuckles.

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57. Miles Davis took lessons from Elwood Buchanan, a teacher and musician who was a patient of his father.

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58. In 1935, Miles Davis received his first trumpet as a gift from John Eubanks, a friend of his father.

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59. In 2006, Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which recognized him as "one of the key figures in the history of jazz.

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