Jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, Aug. 23 Jazz legend Maynard Ferguson, a trumpeter known for screaming power in the high octaves -- he could reach a double-high-C -- died on Aug. 23 of kidney and liver failure due to an abdominal infection. He was 78. Ferguson recorded more than 60 albums, developing a large following in the 1960s and 1970s with rearranged big-band versions of popular songs such as the Beatles' "Hey Jude" and James Taylor's "Country Road." His version of the Rocky theme, "Gonna Fly Now," was a Top-10 pop hit in 1978.
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