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Noble “Thin Man” Watts Dies

Noble “Thin Man” Watts, an R&B and jazz saxophonist who played with Nat Adderley and Lionel Hampton, as well as Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis, died on August 24 in his hometown of DeLand, Florida. He was 78.

Born in 1926, Watts worked raking leaves to pay for violin lessons as a boy before learning to play trumpet and saxophone in his teens. In 1942 he enrolled at Florida A&M University and played in the school’s marching band with saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and his brother, cornetist Nat Adderley.

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