From ESP Disk:
Happy birthday to Sun Ra, born May 22, 1914. He claimed to be from Saturn, but he was originally named Herman Poole Blount from Birmingham, Alabama. However, from late 1952 until the end of his life in 1993, his legal name was Le Sony’r Ra. Sun Ra’s big band, dubbed the Arkestra (with a nearly infinite number of expanded variations on the name) was jazz’s longest-lasting avant-garde big band (it existed for four decades), and he ranks among the most original innovators in music history. John Coltrane, George Clinton, and Sonic Youth were just a few of those influenced by his music, their diversity shows the breadth of his impact, which extended across genre boundaries.