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ClarkThe Autobiography of Clark Terry$
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Clark Terry and Gwen Terry

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268463

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268463.001.0001

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Navy Days

Navy Days

14. Navy Days

Gwen Terry

University of California Press

Clark's stint with Len Bowden did not end with a gig at the Castle Ballroom. Len Bowden was eager to be contacted by the navy to form a naval band and Clark Terry became his first recruit for the band. This band meant that they were part of the ship's company and they were to play for special political events. The entry to the ship required the members of the band to pass through a physical, medical, and a swimming test, which they did, and got on to the training for the naval band. It was on reaching the ship's final destination that Clark realized that the navy too segregated whites from coloreds. However, experience on the ship made Clark come across some “real musicians” and gave him a time of life that he describes as “pure joy.”

Keywords:   Clark, Len Bowden, navy, ship, naval band

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