Happy Birthday, Ed Bradley!

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Edward Rudolph “Ed” Bradley was a journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television program, 60 Minutes. During the early part of his career, he also covered the Fall of Saigon, was the first black television correspondent to cover the White House, and anchored his own news broadcast, CBS Sunday Night with Ed Bradley.

He received several awards for his work, including the Peabody, the National Association of Black Journalists Lifetime Achievement Award, and 19 Emmy Awards.

A big fan of the Neville Brothers, Bradley performed on stage with the groupĀ and was known as “The fifth Neville Brother.” Bradley was also friends with Jimmy Buffett, and would often perform onstage with him under the name “Teddy.” Bradley had limited musical ability and did not have an extensive repertoire, but he would usually draw smiles by singing the 1951 classic by Billy Ward and the Dominoes, “Sixty Minute Man.”

In the company of his longtime friend Jimmy Buffett, Bradley died on November 9, 2006 at Mount Sinai Hospital of complications from lymphocytic leukemia. He was 65 years old.

Bradley was honored with a traditional jazz funeral procession at the New Orleans Jazz fest, of which he was a large supporter. The parade, which took place on the first day of the six-day festival, circled the fairgrounds and included two brass bands.

Columnist Clarence Page wrote:

“When he was growing up in a working-class neighborhood in Philadelphia, his folks told him he could be anything he wanted to be. He took them up on it… Even in those days before the doors of opportunity were fully opened to black Americans, Mr. Bradley challenged the system. He worked hard and prepared himself. He opened himself to the world and dared the world to turn him away. He wanted to be a lot and he succeeded. Thanks to examples like his, the rest of us know that we can succeed, too.”

Bradley had been a season ticket holder to the New York Knicks for over 20 years. On November 13, 2006, they honored him with a moment of silence.

After Bradley’s death, his longtime friend Wynton Marsalis closed an episode of 60 Minutes with a solo trumpet performance, playing some of the music Bradley loved best.

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