Music career[ edit ] Bellson playing in Bellson was born in Rock Falls, Illinois in , where his father owned a music store. He started playing drums at three years of age. At 15, he pioneered using two bass drums at the same time, a technique he invented in his high school art class. In , he married jazz singer Pearl Bailey. They were my influences.
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Even in his late stages of life, the man was full of fire and passion on the drums. Also, thankful that music had such a talented and creative person to contribute to the foundation of percussion that is still a cornerstone to this day. Growing up in the valley, my father, on so many occasions, would mention how he loved all the musicians during the WWII era. It made me wonder who these people were and I took it upon myself to do some research.
Like stepping into a bottomless rabbit hole, I was exposed to a genre of music I never thought I would come to love and appreciate. My love of the drums is unwavered to this day. Louie was one of the inspirations for me to become a drummer. He was a beautiful man; I loved him as vf a person. Louie was in the house band. I had a beautiful oversized drum set with 2 inch bass drums. Louie was so nice and gave me his number. I play double bass too.
Then while I was changing in the dressing room, his number on the piece of paper fell out. He invited me to his home around Tampa exit in the valley. We then became friends. That was Note: This testimony was sent to Mrs. B, who gained permission to post it here. Imagine if he had dropped it and the director was told they would have to re-shoot because that young drummer messed up! And how interesting to see a bass sax in the section.
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