Charlie "Yardbird" Parker died 50 years ago this week.
I was first turned on to bebop and to Bird in the mid eighties at a dive bar in Kansas City MO called Milton's. I didn't know then that it was a legendary part of Kansas City Jazz History; I just knew nobody cared we were underage as long as we drank our whiskey quietly. Milton's had a tremendous jazz jukebox and it was that juke that introduced me to Ornithology.
A few Bird links of interest in his memory:
Jerry Mulligan on Bird (Library of Congress)
Bird bio from Ken Burns' Jazz series (PBS)