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Basie, Count
Born: 1904-08-21
Died: 1984-04-26

US Jazz bandleader.

William "Count" Basie jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader and self-proclaimed "Count" of jazz.

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Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues, but it will still be the blues.
- Count Basie

I'm saying: to be continued, until we meet again. Meanwhile, keep on listening and tapping your feet.
- Count Basie

I decided that I would be one of the biggest new names; and I actually had some little fancy business cards printed up to announce it, "Count Basie. Beware, the Count is Here."
- Count Basie

All I wanted was to be big, to be in show business and to travel. . . and that?s what I?ve been doing all my life.
- Count Basie

I, of course, wanted to play real jazz. When we played pop tunes, and naturally we had to, I wanted those pops to kick! Not loud and fast, understand, but smoothly and with a definite punch.
- Count Basie

Well, if you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!
- Count Basie

Contrary to several conflicting stories, I got the name "Count" right in Kansas City in 1936 while at the Reno Club. I was known as Bill Basie at that time. One night, while we were broadcasting, the announcer called me to the microphone for those usual few words of introduction. He commented that Bill Basie was a rather ordinary name, and further that there were a couple of well-known bandleaders named Earl Hines and Duke Ellington. Then he said, `Bill, I think I'll call you Count Basie from now on. Is that all right with you?' I thought he was kidding, shrugged my shoulders and replied, `OK.'
- Count Basie

 


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