Saxophone great David "Fathead" Newman passed at the age of 75 on January 20 after battling pancreatic cancer.
He got his start in the mid-1950s with Ray Charles, with whom he remained for over a decade.
After his own star began to rise in 1958 with the album Fathead: Ray Charles Presents David Newman (Atlantic), he began working with King Curtis and Eddie Harris.
Later on, his recording career led him to record with legends including Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, and Dr. John.
He released many albums featuring his aggressive tenor sax tone right up until 2008's Diamondhead (High Note).