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On this, the final Sunday of 2014, we bring you jazz legend and North Carolina native John Coltrane. It was fifty years ago this month that Coltrane recorded what many consider the greatest jazz albums of all time, A Love Supreme.
Coltrane was born in Hamlet, North Carolina on September 23, 1926 and grew up in High Point where he attended William Penn High School (now the Penn-Griffin School for the Arts). His brilliant career, while unfortunately too short (he died at age 40), has influenced generations of musicians since; after his death, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a special Pulitzer Prize, and he was inducted in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2009.