David "Fathead" Newman (b. February 24, 1933 in Corsicana, Texas - d. January 20, 2009 in Dallas, Texas), was an American saxophonist. His professional career began in 1954 as an original member of Ray Charles' Band. Newman had a prolific recording and performing career. Newman got his nickname in high school music class. Mr. Miller, his then music teacher, saw his music upside down on the stand, and knowing that Newman couldn't read music very well at the time, walked over and tapped him on his head with the conductor's baton and called him "Fathead.