Lionel Hampton

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Birthday
20, 1908
Birthplace
Louisville, KY
Death Date
Aug 31, 2002 (94)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
20, 1908
Birthplace
Louisville, KY
Death Date
Aug 31, 2002 (94)

About

Jazz vibraphonist, bandleader, composer, and educator who has played with artists like Charlie Parker. He was an Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame inductee in 1992.

Before Fame

He was a member of the Bud Billiken Club, which was the racially egalitarian version of the Boy Scouts of America. Jimmy Bertrand taught him how to play xylophone.

Trivia

He was one of the first mainstream American vibraphone players but started off as a drummer.

Family Life

He married Gladys Neal Riddle on November 11, 1936. She worked as Hampton's manager.

Associated With

He collaborated with many artists, including Benny Goodman.