Death of Jimmy Castor

June 23, 1947 - January 16, 2012
New York, New York | Age 64

Funk legend dies in Las Vegas at 71
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KEN RITTER, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jimmy Castor, a New York funk and soul saxophonist, singer and songwriter whose tune, "It's Just Begun," morphed over 40 years into an anthem for generations of hip-hoppers and mainstream musical acts, died of apparent heart failure in a Las Vegas hospital, family members said Tuesday. He was 71.

Castor's music, including another 1972 hit, "Troglodyte," spoke for itself thousands of times in riffs and samples by groups like...

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