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Died on this day: Jazz artist Dave Brubeck was a former cowboy
Died on this day: Jazz artist Dave Brubeck was a former cowboy

The wigging cat with the far-out wail, Dave Brubeck, died a year ago today. Brubeck was the man behind the first million-selling jazz record, "Time Out," in 1959. He created buzz on the jazz circuit (thus Time's "wigging cat" description) and left a lasting legacy in the genre. But before he wailed, he rode. Brubeck, born Dec. 6, 1920, in Concord, Calif., was the son of a cattle rancher and pianist mom, and he grew up milking cows, hauling wood and herding cattle. His father wanted Dave to follow him in his cowboy bootsteps, as biographer Fred Hall documented.  PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Hall wrote that, at 16, Brubeck daydreamed that Benny...

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