Count Basie


William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 - April 26, 1984) was a celebrated jazz/big band orchestra leader, pianist, organist, and composer who became famous beginning in the late 1930s. His best known songs include "One O'Clock Jump" (1937), "Open The Door, Richard!" (1947), and "April In Paris" (1956). Basie won nine Grammys and was honored posthumously with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1985) and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2002).

Best known songs (with years) include:

  • Jimmy's Blues (1945)
  • Blue Skies (1946)
  • Jivin' Joe Jackson (1946)
  • Patience And Fortitude (1946)
  • The Mad Boogie (1946)
  • Free Eats (1947)
  • I Ain't Mad At You (You Ain't Mad At Me) (1947)
  • One O'Clock Boogie (1947)
  • One O'Clock Jump (1947)
  • Open The Door, Richard! (1947)

Pop charts debut year: 1937

Years active: 1924-1984

Genres: Jazz, swing, big band, piano blues

Labels: Decca, Vocalion, Columbia, Okeh, Victor, Clef, Roulette, Reprise, Brunswick


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