19 Facts About Louie Bellson


Louie Bellson was born on Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni, July 6,1924 – February 14,2009, and often seen in sources as Louis Bellson, although he himself preferred the spelling Louie, was an American jazz drummer.

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Louie Bellson was a composer, arranger, bandleader, and jazz educator, and is credited with pioneering the use of two bass drums.

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Louie Bellson was a vice president at Remo, a drum company.

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Louie Bellson was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1985.

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Louie Bellson was born in Rock Falls, Illinois in 1924, where his father owned a music store.

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Louie Bellson's only Broadway venture, Portofino, was a resounding flop that closed after three performances.

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Louie Bellson was at work with his biographer on a book chronicling his career and bearing the same name as one of his compositions, "Skin Deep".

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Louie Bellson was known throughout his career to conduct drum and band clinics at high schools, colleges and music stores.

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Louie Bellson maintained a tight schedule of clinics and performances of both big bands and small bands in colleges, clubs and concert halls.

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Louie Bellson created new drum technology for Remo, of which he was vice-president.

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Louie Bellson received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 1985 at Northern Illinois University.

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Louie Bellson was voted into the Halls of Fame for Modern Drummer magazine, in 1985, and the Percussive Arts Society, in 1978.

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Louie Bellson received an honorary Doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 1985.

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Louie Bellson performed his original concert – Tomus I, II, III – with the Washington Civic Symphony in historic Constitution Hall in 1993.

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In January 1994, Louie Bellson received the NEA Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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On November 19,1952, Louie Bellson married American actress and singer, Pearl Bailey, in London.

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Tony Louie Bellson died in 2004, and Dee Dee Louie Bellson died on July 4,2009 at age 49, within five months of her father.

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On February 14,2009, Louie Bellson died at age 84 from complications of a broken hip suffered in December 2008 and Parkinson's disease.

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Louie Bellson is buried next to his father in Riverside Cemetery, Moline, Illinois.

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