March 11: Folk Music Legend Bobby McFerrin Was Born On This Date in 1950

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By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: Facebook/McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin (real name Robert Keith McFerrin Jr.) was born on March 11, 1950, in Manhattan, New York, to Robert Keith McFerrin Sr. and his wife, Sara Cooper.

McFerrin is a folk and jazz musician from the United States. In addition to his vocal techniques, including singing fluidly with rapid and significant jumps in pitch (for example, maintaining a melody while rapidly alternating with arpeggios and harmonies).

He is also known for his scat singing, polyphonic overtone singing, and improvisational vocal percussion. As a renowned musician, he is well-known for his solo vocal performances and recordings, which he does on a regular basis as an unassisted solo artist.

A regular collaborator with different performers from both the jazz and classical sectors, the 10-time Grammy-winner has a diverse discography. The song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin was a No. 1 success on the pop music charts in the United States in 1988.

It was named Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the 1989 Grammy Awards. McFerrin has also collaborated with a number of instrumentalists, including pianists Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, drummer Tony Williams, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

On August 20, 2020, he was presented with the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.

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