90 years ago today in the town where I have lived all of my life, Alton, Illinois Miles Davis was born. Miles Davis left Alton while he was just a tot and most likely never remembered the town, however Alton hasn't forgotten Miles and the city has a statue downtown in his memory.
While John Lennon always stated that his wasn't a fan of jazz music, he did meet Miles Davis during a Garden Party on June 12, 1971 at Allen Klein's house. I am not sure what Davis and Lennon talked about, but video footage shows that they played a little game of one-on-one basketball (and neither of them were very good) with John's psychedelic Rolls in the background. A wide variety of people were at the party, including Andy Warhol, but Miles Davis was the person that John was photographed the most with that day. I wonder if he mentioned to John that he was born and grew up in Illinois near the Mississippi River.