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He was always known as Moody, and his signature tune Moody’s Mood for Love was part of the jazz canon for six decades.

Saxophonist James Moody died Thursday in San Diego of cancer at 85.

Moody’s Mood for Love (which begins with the memorable lyric "There I go, there I go, there I go, there I go ...") became a jazz and pop standard, recorded by the likes of Aretha Franklin and George Benson, and a staple of Moody’s performances.

The song had a memorable name and an unusual history. Based on the harmonic structure of I’m in the Mood for Love, it began life as an instrumental in 1949, but took on a new life after singer Eddie Jefferson wrote lyrics and singer King Pleasure recorded it as Moody’s Mood for Love.

There was much more to Moody and his music, of course, but he and that song will forever be linked in jazz fans’ minds.

Read extensive obituaries of Moody by the San Diego Union Tribune and the New York Times.

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