Clark Terry (I) (1920–2015)

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Clark Terry was born on December 14, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is known for his work on The Groove Tube (1974), The Hot Rock (1972) and Satan in High Heels (1962). He was married to Gwen Terry, Pauline Reddon and Mayola Robinson. He died on February 21, 2015 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

The Groove Tube Soundtrack
The Hot Rock Music Department
Satan in High Heels Music Department
L'homme aux yeux d'argent Music Department


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 1967-1992 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (musician - 88 episodes)
- The last Tonight Show (1992) ... (musician: The Tonight Show Band - Trumpet - uncredited)
- Roseanne Arnold/Richard Harris (1992) ... (musician: trumpet - as The Tonight Show Band)
- Mel Brooks/Tony Bennett/Jack Lemmon (1992) ... (musician: trumpet - as The Tonight Show Band)
- Clint Eastwood/David Letterman/Bob Hope (1992) ... (musician: trumpet - uncredited)
- Bob Newhart/Magic Johnson/Lyle Lovett (1992) ... (musician: trumpet - as The Tonight Show Band)
 1985 L'homme aux yeux d'argent (musician)
 1972 The Hot Rock (soundtrack musician: trumpet)
 1965 Mickey One (musician: trumpet, fluegel horn - uncredited)
 1962 Satan in High Heels (musician: trumpet)
 1961 Paris Blues (musician - uncredited)
 1959 Anatomy of a Murder (musician - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Book: 'Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry'. Oakland, CA :University of California Press. ISBN-13: 978-0520268463. Written with 'Gwenn Terry' and Quincy Jones, Bill Cosby and David Demsey.

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Alternate Names:

Clark 'Mumbles' Terry | The Tonight Show Band


5' 8½" (1.74 m)

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His mother died when he was 6, and within a few years he was working odd jobs to help support his family. He became interested in music when he heard a relative playing the tuba. When he was 10, he built a makeshift trumpet by attaching a funnel to a garden hose. Neighbors later pitched in to buy him a trumpet from a pawn shop. See more »


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