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Percussionist Chief Bey Dies

James Hawthorne Bey, a jazz percussionist known as Chief Bey who played on sessions led by Art Blakey, Pharoah Sanders, Hamiett Bluiett and others, died April 8 at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. of stomach cancer. He was 91.

Born James Hawthorne in Yamassee, S.C. in 1913, Bey moved to New York City with his family at an early age, first living in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn and later in Harlem, where he strated on drums and sang in church choirs. He served in the Navy during World War II and later attended cosmetology school. He added Bey to his name after joining a Muslim sect.

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