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Cannonball Adderley on Kung Fu

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Between 1972 and 1975, David Carradine starred in a TV series called Kung Fu. He played Kwai Chang Caine, a Chinese Shaolin monk in the Wild West with only his Buddhist spiritualism and marshal-arts skills. Throughout the series, Carradine's character helped those who were defenseless and did away with those who hurt or harmed them. Along the way, he met many interesting and perplexing characters.

In 1975, in the episode “Battle Hymn," Carradine encountered alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderely and guitarist José Feliciano. Interestingly, the director was Barry Crane, the producer and director of TV's Mission Impossible and Mannix, and many other shows. Crane was a champion bridge player who was found murdered in his garage in July 1985, a crime that was never solved.

Reader Max Frazee sent along the following clips of the episode...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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