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Twists of fate led Boney James to musical persona

Boney James
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Boney James’ career has hinged on some significant twists of fate, beginning when he was just 8 years old. At the time James, born James Oppenheimer, was just starting out in his school band in Lowell, Mass., not on his signature saxophone, but the clarinet. And that instrument wasn’t even his first choice, either. “I only got a clarinet when there wasn’t any trumpets — I was 8 years old, so what did I know? ...


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