Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Drumming Great Louie Bellson Dies at 84

I grew up in a home where jazz was constant background music...I was saddened to read today that drummer Louie Bellson has died at the age of 84.

The L.A. Times notes that Duke Ellington said that Bellson was "the world's greatest drummer" as well as "the world's greatest musician!"

Bellson was married to Pearl Bailey from 1952 until her death in 1990.

Bellson played with countless great musicians of the last century. You can read details about his career in the L.A. Times (click the title of this post) and at the Chicago Tribune.


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