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Published on Dec 3, 2011
Trumpeter Randy Brooks started playing professionally at the age of eleven. After graduating from high school, Brooks went on the road with Hall Kemp's band. Eventually, Brooks played with Claude Thornhill and Les Brown. Brooks was an outstanding lead trumpet player.
His own solo style was part Harry James, part Sonny Dunham, and paved the way for Maynard Ferguson.
Randy Brooks saw his career ended by a stoke, and died in 1967 in a house fire.
"The Man With the Horn" was the theme song of Randy Brooks and his short lived big band.