Herb Jeffries (1913 - 2014)
Jazz singer and actor
Jazz singer and actor Herb Jeffries, known as the “Bronze Buckaroo” by his fans for his film roles as a black singing cowboy, was a lay disciple of Yogananda.
In 1946, Herb Jeffries began reading the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda. It was during a period of long convalescence after Herb was almost killed in a small airplane crash.
Herb was lucky to survive that day, but had to stay in the hospital for months. Doctors told him that he would need an operation to relieve the chronic pain from severe spinal injuries. While reading Yogananda’s autobiography, the vibrations of that book touched Herb deeply, and he began to realize that he was protected by a guardian angel during the crash — he recognized that angel as his God-ordained Guru, Yogananda.