Count Basie

Count Basie
1904 - 1984

Count Basie  American Composer


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Count Basie was in a relationship with Ethel Waters.

Count Basie had encounters with Carmen McRae and Billy Eckstine.


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: Grammy Award winners, Kennedy Center honorees and Deaths from pancreatic cancer.


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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
Buried Pinelawn Memorial Park, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
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
Music Genre Jazz, Piano
Year(s) Active 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. In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two "split" tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Many musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison, plunger trombonist Al Grey, and singers Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes, Thelma Carpenter, and Joe Williams.

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Count Basie79 LeoComposer
Billy Eckstine78 CancerVocalist
Carmen McRae72 AriesVocalist
Ethel Waters80 ScorpioVocalist


Blazing Saddles1974Count BasieMovie
Made in Paris1966Count BasieMovie
Here's Edie1963TV Show
Cinderfella1960Count BasieMovie
Snader Telescriptions1950ConductorTV Show
The Ed Sullivan Show1948Band LeaderTV Show
Basie's Boogie1945Movie
Hit Parade of 19431943Conductor of the Count Basie OrchestraMovie
Reveille with Beverly1943Count Basie - Count Basie and His Orchestra (uncredited)Movie
Stage Door Canteen1943Conductor of the Count Basie OrchestraMovie
Top Man1943Orchestra LeaderMovie
Crazy House1943Count Basie (as Count Basie and His Orchestra)Movie
Air Mail Special1941Short Film
Policy Man1938Movie
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Posted commentsView all comments (2)

wjerryzwjerryzJul 2, 2016

One of the very best musicians

misscowmisscowMay 17, 2010

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

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