Sun Ra Biography
American free-jazz composer, pianist and band leader. Born May 22, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A., as Herman Poole "Sonny" Blount. On October 20, 1952 he legally changed his name into Le Sony'r Ra. Died May 30, 1993, also in Birmingham, Alabama.
Note: “Sun Ra” does not only stand for the named individual, but may also refer to the ensemble under his leadership: The Sun Ra Arkestra