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Thomas Fitterling, in Thelonious Monk: His Life and Music(1997), points out that Monk's middle name, "Sphere," derives from his maternal grandmother, Sphere Batts. Not a hipster's cool affectation, "Sphere" was part of Monk's given name according to family documents.

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