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Gil Bernal dies at 80; veteran tenor saxophonist
Gil Bernal dies at 80; veteran tenor saxophonist

Gil Bernal, a tenor saxophonist who during his long career played a variety of styles with artists such as Spike Jones, Lionel Hampton and Ry Cooder, has died. He was 80. Bernal died of congestive heart failure July 17 at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, his family said. Adept at playing pop, jazz or blues, Bernal sang and played with Hampton's big band and had memorable sax parts on such 1950s songs as Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" and the Robins' "Smokey Joe's Cafe." "Smokey Joe's Cafe" was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who also wrote "Jailhouse Rock" for Elvis Presley and many other hit songs. Bernal had met...

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