George Wallington

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Birthday
27, 1924
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Feb 15, 1993 (68)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
27, 1924
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Feb 15, 1993 (68)

About

Respected musician who was one of the first bop pianists. He wrote Lemon Drop and Godchild, both bop standards.

Before Fame

He joined Dizzy Gillespie's combo in 1943, which was the first bop group to gain exposure on New York's 52nd Street.

Trivia

He retired in 1960 and began working in his family's air-conditioning business. He would emerge 24 years later with three albums of newly composed material.

Family Life

His family relocated from Sicily to the United States in 1925.

Associated With

He toured with Lionel Hampton's big band in 1953.