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One of jazz music's all-time greats, bandleader/pianist Count Basie was a primary shaper of the big-band sound that characterized mid-20th century popular music.
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Basie ultimately earned nine Grammy Awards over the course of his career, with a few of his songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as well, including "April in Paris" and "Everyday I Have the Blues."
Basie suffered from health issues in his later years, and died from cancer in Hollywood, Florida, on April 26, 1984. He left the world an almost unparalleled legacy of musical greatness,
having recorded or been affiliated with dozens upon dozens of albums during his lifetime.
More information on Basie's life can be found in the book Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie (1986), put together from conversations had with Albert Murray.
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