One of the giants of the bass, in size as well as in talent, was Charles Mingus. The double-bass-sized musician, songwriter and bandleader was known for his skills, his feel for jazz and for the eccentrically titled songs he composed.
In Davis' autobiography, Mingus is described as a true iconoclast who welcomed a good philosophical argument. His unique character was expressed in songs with titles like "Fables of Faubus," "Pithecanthropus Erectus," "Tonight at Noon," "E's Flat, Ah's Flat Too," "Eat That Chicken," "Low and Behold," and "Zootcase." His "Goodbye, Pork Pie Hat" is bluesy jazz at its saddest and sweetest.
Also known for a great sense of humor, Mingus was apparently able to toilet-train his cat. The official Web site, www.mingusmingusmingus.com, contains hilarious instructions for duplicating this feat, written by the musician in 1972. He allegedly even taught his cat, Nightlife, to flush.