- NAME: Lionel Hampton
- OCCUPATION: Musician
- BIRTH DATE: April 20, 1908
- DEATH DATE: August 31, 2002
- Did You Know?: Lionel Hampton played drums during a Louis Armstrong performance in the 1936 Bing Crosby film Pennies from Heaven.
- EDUCATION: Holy Rosary Academy, St. Monica's School, University of Southern California
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Louisville, Kentucky
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Lionel Leo Hampton
- AKA: Lionel Hamp
- Nickname: Mad Lionel
- Nickname: Gates
- Nickname: Hamp
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African-American jazz great Lionel Hampton popularized the vibraphone and played with the Benny Goodman Quartet before becoming a successful bandleader.
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Hampton forged a strong relationship with the University of Idaho in the 1980s. The University added his name to its jazz festival in 1985, and two years later its music department became the Lionel Hampton School of Music.
President George H.W. Bush appointed Hampton to the Board of the Kennedy Center in 1992, and President Clinton awarded him the National Medal of the Arts in 1997. Meanwhile,
the jazz legend continued to deliver enthralling performances well into his 90s. He died on August 31, 2002, in New York City.
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