Cecil McNeely

Cecil McNeely

Real Name:
Cecil James McNeely
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b. April 29, 1927 in Watts, California
An influential tenor saxophonist, Cecil "Big Jay" McNeely formed a band with Sonny Criss (alto sax) and Hampton Hawes (piano) while he was still in high school in the mid-1940s. In 1948 he began recording for Savoy Records, scoring a #1 R&B hit with "Deacon's Hop" in 1949. He pioneered a raucous, honking style of playing, and his acrobatic stage antics were well known. While performing, he would often leave the stage and play from the audience or on top of the bar. In the 1950s he performed with vocal groups, then retired from the music business in the early 1960s. In 1983 he began performing again.
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Cecil McNeely Discography

Instruments & Performance

LP-BLS-6016 B.B. King B.B. King - Lucille(7", EP) Bluesway LP-BLS-6016 US 1968 Sell This Version
B.B. King B.B. King - Lucille (Album) Bluesway Canada 1968 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

698 Deacon McNeeley And His Blue Jays* Sunday Dinner (as C. J. McNeeley) and 1 more… Deacon McNeeley And His Blue Jays* - California Hop / Sunday Dinner(Shellac, 10") Savoy Records 698 US 1949 Sell This Version
685 Deacon McNeeley's Blue Jays* Deacon McNeeley's Blue Jays* - The Deacon's Hop / Artie's Jump (Shellac, 10", Single) Savoy Records 685 US 1949 Sell This Version
90x Big Jay McNeely Blow Big Jay Big Jay McNeely - Midnight Dreams / Blow Big Jay(Shellac, 10") Exclusive (2) 90x US 1949 Sell This Version
96x Big Jay McNeely Road House Boogie (as McNeely) and 1 more… Big Jay McNeely - Road House Boogie / Willie The Cool Cat(Shellac, 10") Exclusive (2) 96x US 1949 Sell This Version
233 The Jolly Jax The Jolly Jax - There's Something On Your Mind(7", Single) V-Tone Records (2) 233 US 1962 Sell This Version
Baby Ray (2) There's Something On Your Mind (as C. J. McNeely) Baby Ray (2) - There's Something On Your Mind Imperial US 1966 Sell This Version
King Curtis Something On Your Mind King Curtis - Live At Small's Paradise (Album) ATCO Records US 1966 Sell This Version
Don Bryant Don Bryant - There's Something On Your Mind Hi Records US 1967 Sell This Version
King Curtis Something On Your Mind King Curtis - The Best Of King Curtis (Comp) Atlantic Italy 1972 Sell This Version
RONN 59 Little Johnny Taylor There Is Something On Your Mind (as C. J. McNeely) Little Johnny Taylor - It's My Fault Darling(7", Single) Ronn Records RONN 59 US 1972 Sell This Version
SJL 2221 Various Deacon's Hop (as C.J. McNeely) Various - The Roots Of Rock'N Roll(2xLP, Comp) Savoy Records SJL 2221 USA & Canada 1977 Sell This Version
SUN-1014 Sleepy LaBeef* There Is Something On Your Mind Sleepy LaBeef* - Downhome Rockabilly(LP, Album, Gol) Sun (9) SUN-1014 US 1979 Sell This Version
SJL 2234 Various Various - Honkers & Screamers: Roots Of Rock 'N' Roll Vol. 6(2xLP, Comp) Savoy Records SJL 2234 US 1979 Sell This Version
VO AX 149 , YEL-305 Sleepy La Beef Something On Your Mind Sleepy La Beef - Los Mejores Éxitos De Sleepy La Beef(Cass, Comp) Ax, Ax VO AX 149 , YEL-305 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
King Curtis There Is Something On Your Mind (as Cecile McNeely) King Curtis - Instant Groove (Comp) Edsel Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
JCD-3553 King Curtis There's Something On Your Mind (as Cecil and 2 more… King Curtis - Soul Serenade(CD, Comp, RM) JCI (2) JCD-3553 US 1991 Sell This Version
B.B. King There's Something On Your Mind (as Cecil James McNeely) B.B. King - Blues Summit (Album) MCA Records US 1993 Sell This Version
EARWIG 4901CD, 4901CD The Jelly Roll Kings Something On Your Mind (as Cecil James McNeely) The Jelly Roll Kings - Rockin' The Juke Joint Down(CD, Album, RE) Earwig Music, Earwig Music EARWIG 4901CD, 4901CD US 1993 Sell This Version
BR 130 Don & The Goodtimes There's Something On Your Mind (as E.J. McNeely) Don & The Goodtimes - The Original Northwest Sound Of(LP, Comp) Beatrocket BR 130 US 2000 Sell This Version
RPMD 246 Conway Twitty There Is Something On Your Mind (as C.McNeely) Conway Twitty - Looking Back (The Very Best Of The MGM Recordings)(2xCD, Comp) RPM Records (2) RPMD 246 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
SVY 17199 Various Man Eater (as Cecil J. McNeely) Various - Savoy Blues 'N' Boogie(CD, Comp) Savoy Jazz SVY 17199 US 2003 Sell This Version
SIMPLYCD001 Various The Deacon's Hop (as McNeely) Various - Simply Jazz(4xCD, Comp) Simply, Union Square Music SIMPLYCD001 UK 2004 Sell This Version
BB1301-2 Tommy McCracken There's Something On Your Mind Tommy McCracken - FINALLY...(CD, Album) Blue Baron Productions BB1301-2 US 2005 Sell This Version