Friday, June 22, 2012

Count: Count Basie

At least a couple of sources for his nickname
  1. In 1935 dgmagazine It was also on a live broadcast that Basie acquired the nickname Count. One night the host called Basie over to the microphone and said Bill was kind of an ordinary name and now that there was an Earl (Hines) and a Duke (Ellington), wasn’t it time to elevate him to Count?
  2. Another version is that his band called him this because he would count during rehearsals
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