Larry Thomas lrt0393 at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 18 20:44:04 EDT 2007

     Thomas Simmons, host of the Midnight Special program (12 midnight to 5 
am on Friday night/Saturday morning) on WCLK-FM (91.9) in Atlanta, is 
scheduled to present A LEE MORGAN BIRTHDAY SPECIAL, five hours of the late 
trumpet legend's music, on July 14, 2007.  This is an annual event for Mr. 
Simmons, who has been on the air since 2000.  This year's installment will 
include the airing of a profile and interview of Helen Morgan, the lady who 
shot Lee Morgan.  The radio documentary, called The Carolina Connection, is 
part of a series which spotlights the Carolina connection to American 
classical music, commonly called jazz, and highlights the fact that there 
over 50 jazz personalities and counting, who have roots in either North or 
South Carolina.  North Carolina is the birthplace of John Coltrane, 
Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Nina Simone, Percy Heath and Helen Morgan, who 
was not a musician but a person who became an integral part of Lee Morgan's 
life and death.  She was responsible for saving his career and ending it.  
Listen to her story, from her mouth, and no other, and hear her side of the 
bittersweet Frankie-and-Johnny tale.  The Helen Morgan Radio Project is 
scheduled to be aired July 14, 2007, during A LEE MORGAN BIRTHDAY SPECIAL, 
on The Midnight Special, hosted by Thomas Simmons, which is programmed from 
12 midnight to 5 am on WCLK-FM

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