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Friday, 31 July 2015

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " DON MYRICK " WAS A SAXOPHONIST, WHO PLAYED ALTO. TENOR AND SOPRANO SAX : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "









  BLACK   SOCIAL   HISTORY                                                                                                                           Don Myrick


Don Myrick (April 6, 1940 – July 30, 1993) was a saxophonist.
He played altotenor and soprano sax and was a member of Earth, Wind & Fire's original horn section, The Phenix Horns Esq. from 1975 through 1982. Previously, Myrick had been a member of the musical group The Pharaohs. Myrick is also credited as a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM)[1]
Some of his most famous saxophone solos include Phil Collins' "One More Night", even featuring Myrick performing the sax solo in the official music video, filmed in a London pub. Another was the live recording of "Reasons" featured on the Earth Wind & Fire Gratitude album, and "After the Love Has Gone" from the album I Am. He performed with many prominent musicians including Grover Washington, Jr. and Carlos Santana.[2] Myrick appeared on albums by artists including Bobby “Blue” BlandThe DellsRegina Belle, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, and Heaven 17.
Earth, Wind & Fire's single "Runnin'" earned him the 1977/78 Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental.[2]

Death

Myrick was fatally shot in Los AngelesCalifornia by a Santa Monica policeman during a narcotics investigation.[3] While attempting to serve a search warrant, Police Officer Gary Barbaro mistook a butane lighter in Myrick's hand for a weapon. He fired a single bullet that hit Myrick in the chest. Myrick died in the hospital shortly afterwards, aged 53 years.[4]
Following a funeral service at a Baptist church, his body was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Los Angeles County.
Myrick was survived by his mother, Antoinette Myrick-Carr (now deceased), wife Barbara (now deceased), and three daughters; Shani, Lauren, Shirika Myrick, and a cousin, Elliot Myrick. In 1995, their wrongful death lawsuit against the city was settled for $400,000.[5]
Decades after his death, he still lies in an unmarked grave (Lot 1034, Grave B, West end of plot) in the 'El Portal' section of the Inglewood Park Cemetery[6] in the South Los Angeles community of Inglewood, California.