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Subject: ARCHIVE: August 5, 1993 ~It was 25 years ago today, Jazz sax musician Bob Cooper, whose career started with Stan Kenton's Band in 1945 (where he met his future wife singer June Christy) was found dead of a heart attack seated behind the wheel of his car, parked along the side of the Hollywood Freeway, at age 67. ...

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Date Posted: Sunday, August 05, 11:32:12am


Bob Cooper
(December 6, 1925 August 5, 1993)

West Coast jazz musician known primarily for playing tenor saxophone, but also for being one of the first to play solos on oboe.
Cooper performed with Stan Kenton's band starting in 1945 and soon met and married the band's singer June Christy.

Later Cooper performed with Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars, recording many works as a sideman and as a leader. He also recorded with Bud Shank, Shelly Manne and others. He worked gigs worldwide throughout his career. His last studio recording was on Karrin Allyson's album Sweet Home Cookin' (1994) on which he played tenor saxophone.

On August 5, 1993, while driving from a recording session and suffering what would be a fatal heart attack, Bob Cooper pulled his automobile over when he realized he was not going to make it, and so nobody else would be hurt on the Hollywood Freeway. He was found peacefully passed away behind the wheel, at age 67. He was survived by his daughter Shay (1954-2014), and was preceded by his beloved with June Christy, who died in 1990, at age 64.

Cooper and daughter Shay in the early 1990s


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Cooper died the same day as rock bassist Randy Jo Hobbs, who played bass for The McCoys during the 1965-1969 period and in the bands of the brothers Edgar Winter and Johnny Winter during 1970-1976, dies of heart attack in Ohio hotal, at age 45. ...Bio & PHOTOSunday, August 05, 11:49:25am
Musician Davy Jones is another musician who died behind the wheel, without a crash.Jones died of heart attack in 2012.Tuesday, August 07, 03:21:06am

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