San Diego — Jazz saxophonist James Moody
is best known for his 1949 "Moody's Mood for Love," but when he recorded the hit that eventually was elected into the Grammy Awards' Hall of Fame, he said, he was just "trying to find the right notes."
"People later said to me: 'You must have been very inspired when you recorded that.' And I said: 'Yeah I was inspired to find the right notes!'" Moody told the San Diego Union-Tribune in February.
The song later was recorded by Aretha Franklin
, Van Morrison
, Amy Winehouse
and others. Longtime fan and confidante Bill Cosby
called it a "national anthem."
Moody, who recorded more than 50 solo albums as well as songs with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie
and B.B. King
, died Thursday at San Diego Hospice after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer, his wife said. He was 85.
had a sound, an imagination