Born: April 4, 1913 | Died: February 4, 1951 Primary Instrument: Piano
Cecil Gant jumped into the R & B world's consciousness during a war bond rally in downtown Los Angeles in 1944. The 29 year old pianist / singer made a great impression on many in the audience that day and so he was soon in a makeshift recording studio for the small independent Gilt Edge label. The first record released was I Wonder / Cecil's Boogie on Gilt Edge billed as The G.I. Sing-sation. Using hidden neighborhood pressing plants and black market supplies of shellac, the record got out on the streets and sold briskly.
Gant tried to follow up his huge success with further recordings and he made sporadic personal appearances in the Los Angeles area during these years and while continuing to try and dent the hit charts with further sessions for Gilt Edge....
Source: JC Marion