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Big Jay McNeely
Birth name Cecil James McNeely
Born (1927-04-29)April 29, 1927
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died September 16, 2018(2018-09-16) (aged 91)
Moreno Valley, California, U.S.
Genres Jump blues, West Coast blues, jazz blues, rhythm and blues
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Tenor saxophone
Years active Late 1940s–2018
Labels Cleopatra Blues, a division of Cleopatra Records

Cecil James McNeely (April 29, 1927 – September 16, 2018), better known as Big Jay McNeely, was an American rhythm and blues saxophonist. He was born in Los Angeles, California. McNeely's first hit was "The Deacon's Hop," an instrumental which topped the Billboard R&B chart in early 1949. He was added into The Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame.

McNeely died on September 16, 2018 from prostate cancer in Moreno Valley, California at the age of 91.

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