1935 to 1980
January 24, 1920
August 26, 1980
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Jimmy Robert Forrest Jr. (January 24, 1920 - August 26, 1980) was a jazz musician who played tenor saxophone throughout his career. He is famous for his first solo recording of "Night Train", with its irresistible hook and classic tenor solo. He recorded frequently as both a side man and a leader. "Night Train" reached # 1 on the R&B charts in March 1952, and stayed at the top for seven weeks. "Hey Mrs. Jones" (# 3 R&B) and "Bolo Blues" were his other major hits. Forrest was born in St. Louis and played with the legendary Fate Marable as a young man.