Born in Alabama some time around 1910. The collective of musicians drawn to this enigmatic figure were known variously as The Solar Arkestra, Solar Nature, Myth ? Science and the Astro ? Intergalactic ? Infinity ? Arkestra ! He first rose to prominence in Chicago in the 1950?s and then in 1961 he moved to New York, many of the Arkestra going with him, all living together in communal housing. He recorded literally hundreds of albums and was one of the first musicians to control the rights to many of his recordings and his sense of self determination both musically and spiritually made him a guiding light for many musicians. For 15 minutes of Sun Ra madness check ?Space Is The Place? on Soul Jazz Records? ?Universal Sounds Of America? compilation.