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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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It was during Clark's experience with the naval band that he got the news of his father had become severely unwell. Clark continued performing at the jam sessions with the naval band to ease his mind off the news. Wherever he went, jazz was there. The weeks of boot camp zipped by and there wasn't any bad news for Clark. Clark and the band went on to play live broadcasts as time passed by. This was the time when Clark began speaking his heart out to his friends, and the darkness of war started to surround them. While bombs were dropping, they played they hearts out to keep up the morale of their troops. Close to Christmas, Clark got the news of his father becoming severely delirious. Clark simply kept playing his horn and kept his dream alive that his father would get well and listen to him one day.

Keywords:   Clark, naval band, jam sessions, boot camp, war, Christmas

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