"One of the first musicians, regardless of genre, to make extensive use of electronic keyboards. Sun Ra "maintained that everyone should be vegetarian and eat natural foods and large quantities of fruit and fiber." - Space is the place: the lives and times of Sun Ra, by John F. Szwed.
"Born: Herman Poole Blount
The eccentric jazzman, who claimed he was from Saturn, named himself after the ancient Egyptian sun god. Also answered, somewhat less exotically, to the childhood nickname Sonny. "
"Where did the jazz maestro learn to play piano? Saturn!
Case History: The former Herman Blount and his Arkestra were major influences in free jazz. Ra claims to have received messages from "unknown forces" when he was 3, leading him to work with "the dark things of the cosmos, which are beyond black." Ra taught a class at the University of California at Berkeley, whose reading list included several books that apparently didn't exist. He once visited the United Nations demanding to speak to the"