Dave Brubeck was an American jazz icon. His recent passing undoubtedly has caused an increase in attention to his music and caused many people to listen to it again. It is also likely that Brubeck’s most popular song, “Take Five,” has been played more than any other song in the musician’s repertoire since his passing.
You might even have “Take Five” rattling through your mind right now. It is a catchy and memorable tune. What you might not know about the song is that Brubeck did not compose it alone. His co-composer was another musician named Paul Desmond. It was a collaborative effort to compose what is one of the most memorable songs in American jazz history. Another thing that you probably do not know about the song is that when Desmond passed away, he bequeathed his share of the future royalties in the song to the American Red Cross. To date, those royalties have brought in approximately $6 million dollars. The bequest is sure to bring in more as many people remember Dave Brubeck in the wake of his passing.
When you remember Brubeck and think of “Take Five,” be sure to also think about Paul Desmond and what his contribution has meant to the many people helped by the American Red Cross.
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