Count Basie

Count Basie
1904 - 1984

Count Basie  American Composer


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Count Basie passed away on 26th Apr 1984 aged 79.


Count Basie was in a relationship with Ethel Waters.

He had encounters with Billy Eckstine and Carmen McRae.


American Composer Count Basie was born William James Basie on 21st August, 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey, USA and passed away on 26th Apr 1984 Hollywood, Florida, USA aged 79. He is most remembered for American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His zodiac sign is Leo.

Count Basie is a member of the following lists: African-American jazz pianists, Las Vegas entertainers and African-American male actors.


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First Name Count
Last Name Basie
Full Name at Birth William James Basie
Alternative Name The Count, The Kid from Red Bank, William Allen Basie
Age 79 (age at death) years
Birthday 21st August, 1904
Birthplace Red Bank, New Jersey, USA
Died 26th April, 1984
Place of Death Hollywood, Florida, USA
Cause of Death Pancreatic cancer
Build Average
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Leo
Sexuality DISPUTED
Ethnicity Black
Nationality American
Occupation Text Musician, bandleader, composer
Occupation Composer
Claim to Fame American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer
Music Genre (Text) Jazz, Swing, big band, piano blues, swing
Music Genre Jazz, Piano
Year(s) Active 1924–1984, 1924–1984
Music Style Big Band, Blues, Piano Blues, Swing
Music Mood Carefree, Elegant, Sophisticated, Stylish, Happy, Energetic, Bright, Lively, Party/Celebratory, Amiable/Good-Natured, Cheerful, Refined/Mannered, Joyous, Freewheeling, Light, Swaggering, Exuberant, Rousing, Boisterous, Fun, Rollicking
Instrument Piano, Leader
Instrument (text) Piano, organ
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William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By 16 he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924 he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten's band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten's death in 1935.

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Count Basie79 LeoComposer
Billy Eckstine78 CancerVocalist
Carmen McRae72 AriesVocalist
Ethel Waters76 ScorpioVocalist


Blazing Saddles1974Count BasieMovie
Made in Paris1966Count Basie - Leader of His OrchestraMovie
Here's Edie1963TV Show
Cinderfella1960Count BasieMovie
Basie's Boogie1945Movie
Hit Parade of 19431943Conductor of the Count Basie OrchestraMovie
Reveille with Beverly1943Orchestra LeaderMovie
Stage Door Canteen1943Conductor of the Count Basie OrchestraMovie
Top Man1943Orchestra LeaderMovie
Crazy House1943Count Basie (as Count Basie and His Orchestra)Movie
Choo Choo Swing1942Short Film
Air Mail Special1941Movie
Policy Man1938Movie
Show Time at the ApolloOrchestra LeaderTV Show
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Posted commentsView all comments (2)

wjerryzJul 2

One of the very best musicians

misscowMay 17, 2010

Who could forget Mr. Count Basie, a very talented blues and jazz artist.

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