Edward Gough Jr., 76, band leader, saxophonist

January 02, 2003

Edward Gough Jr., 76, band leader, saxophonist

Edward Gough Jr., a local band leader and saxophone player, died of a heart attack Dec. 26 at Sinai Hospital. He was 76 and lived in Park Heights.

Mr. Gough led the Eddie Gough Band, a jazz quartet that appeared in area clubs and hotels from the 1960s to the 1980s. He played more recently with other groups.

"It was a big act for years," said Ruby Glover, a singer who occasionally performed with Mr. Gough's band. "He was just a delightful entertainer."

Gary Ellerbe, who is host of a show on WEAA 88.9 FM, caught Mr. Gough's act as recently as last year at the Sportsmen's Lounge in Northwest Baltimore and the Arch Social Club on the city's west side. "I knew him to be a master on his instrument, which was the tenor saxophone," Mr. Ellerbe said.

The son of a Sunday school teacher, Mr. Gough got his start playing the saxophone at Allen AME Church when he was 10.

"The only way he could get a sax was he had to play in a church," said his daughter, Cynthia Gough Black of Reisterstown.

Mr. Gough also worked for 30 years at the Social Security Administration, helping to maintain microfilm records, his daughter said.

His marriage to the former Mildred Harris ended in divorce.

Services are 11 a.m. tomorrow St. John's AME Church, 810 North Carrollton Ave., Baltimore.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Gough is survived by two sons, Jerry Gough of Randallstown and Edward Gough III of Columbia; and a sister, Mary A. Johnson of Baltimore.

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