1. Gil Scott-Heron was born in Chicago, but lived in Tennessee during his early years, before settling in the Bronx.
2. Gil Scott-Heron attended college at Lincoln University and earned a masters from John Hopkins University.
- Gil Scott-Heron completed his first book of poetry at the age of 13.
- Gil Scott-Heron never liked recording in the studio, he preferred playing his music live.
5. Gil Scott-Heron’s father was a professional soccer player. He played for the Glasgow Celtics. His mother was a librarian.
- Gil Scott worked with legendary Chicago soul music architect Johnny Pate for his second album, 1971’s Pieces of a Man. Other musicians on the album include collaborator Brian Jackson, Ron Carter on bass, Hubert Laws on the flute and drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie.
- Gil Scott served time in prison for possession of cocaine.
- 2010’s I’m New Here, was Gil Scott’s first studio album in 16 years.
- in 1975, Gil Scott-Heron was the first artist signed to Clive Davis’ new label, Arista Records.
10. Gil Scott-Heron was a teacher of literature at Federal City College in Washington, D.C.