Birthplace: Rochester, New York
Trumpeter Chuck Mangione is best known for his 1977 easy listening pop instrumental “Feels So Good” (1977), which reached number two on the pop charts. Mangione, however, had an extensive jazz background, having played during the 1960s with family friend Dizzy Gillespie, as well as Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Among Mangione's more than 20 albums, many earned Grammy nominations, including Friends and Love (1970), Chase the Clouds Away (1975, also a gold album). Mangione won Grammy Awards for Bellavia (1976) and Children of Sanchez (1978). After the release of his 1989 album, Live at the Village Gate, Mangione stopped performing until 1994. He released The Feeling's Back in 1999.