“Count” Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984)

Billie Holliday and Count Basie
March 12, 1935

Lena Horne and Count Basie

Basie and Sinatra, 1963

The Count and “Mrs. Count”

“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.'”

“If you play a tune and a person don’t tap their feet, don’t play the tune.”

“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.”

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