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How Charlie "YardBird" Parker got his nickname

Preview: 08/17/1989 | 1m 51s | Video has closed captioning.

Charlie Parker's nickname "Yardbird" came to be while he was on the way to a gig with some fellow musicians and involved a bird in a yard that had an unfortunate fate.

Aired: 08/17/89

Rating: NR

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