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Count Basie

Count BasieAKA William Allen Basie

Born: 21-Aug-1904
Birthplace: Red Bank, NJ
Died: 26-Apr-1984
Location of death: Hollywood, FL
Cause of death: Cancer - Pancreatic
Remains: Buried, Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Pianist, Jazz Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Big band pianist

Father: Harvey Lee Basie
Mother: Lilly Ann Childs

    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
    Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity (uncertain)
    Freemasonry
    The Count Basie Orchestra Bandleader/Pianist 1937-49;1952-84
    Kennedy Center Honor 1981
    Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981
    NEA Jazz Master 1983
    Grammy Best Jazz Performance, Group (1958)
    Grammy Best Performance By A Dance Band (1958)
    Grammy Best Performance By A Band For Dancing (1960)
    Grammy Best Performance By An Orchestra - For Dancing (1963)
    Grammy Best Jazz Performance By A Soloist (Instrumental) (1976)
    Grammy Best Jazz Performance By A Big Band (1977)
    Grammy Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band (1980)
    Grammy Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band (1982)
    Grammy Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band (1984)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (1979)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (1985)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (1992)
    Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2002)
    Stroke
    Paralyzed

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Blazing Saddles (7-Feb-1974) · Himself
    Made in Paris (9-Feb-1966) · Himself
    Sex and the Single Girl (25-Dec-1964) · Themselves
    Cinderfella (16-Dec-1960) · Himself
    Crazy House (8-Oct-1943)
    Stage Door Canteen (24-Jun-1943) · Himself
    Hit Parade of 1943 (26-Mar-1943)
    Reveille with Beverly (4-Feb-1943) · Himself

Author of books:
Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie (1985, memoir)


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