Known for movies

Short Info

DiedApril 26, 1984, Hollywood, Florida, United States
SpouseCatherine Morgan
FactHe was nominated for the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.

William “Count” Basie was born on August 21, 1904, in Red Bank, New Jersey. His parents, Harvey Lee and Lillian Basie, were both African American. His father worked as a coachman and caretaker for a wealthy white family. His mother was a homemaker. Basie had four brothers and sisters. He was the youngest of the five children.

Basie’s early education took place at the Red Bank Colored School. When he was seven years old, his father died. His mother then took a job as a domestic worker to support the family. Basie began playing the piano when he was eight years old. He taught himself how to play by ear.

Basie’s first professional gig was playing in a band led by Fats Waller. He then went on to play with other well-known musicians such as Bennie Moten and Lester Young. In 1935, Basie formed his own band, the Count Basie Orchestra. The band became very popular and toured all over the United States.

Basie’s orchestra recorded many hit songs, including “One O’Clock Jump” and “Jumpin’ at the Woodside.” The band also appeared in several movies, including “Cabin in the Sky” and “Stormy Weather.”

Basie won nine Grammy Awards during his career. He was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1988, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Basie died of cancer on April 26, 1984, in Hollywood, Florida. He was 79 years old.

General Info

Full NameCount Basie
DiedApril 26, 1984, Hollywood, Florida, United States
ProfessionActor, Composer, Bandleader, Songwriter, Organist, Jazz Pianist, ONE O'CLOCK JUMP, Shiny Stockings, Every Day I Have the Blues, Awards, BobFest, Soul


SpouseCatherine Morgan
ParentsLillian Basie, Harvey Lee Basie, ONE O'CLOCK JUMP, Shiny Stockings, Every Day I Have the Blues


AwardsGrammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Award for Best Performance by an Orchestra – for ...
Music GroupsCount Basie Orchestra, Oklahoma City Blue Devils, ONE O'CLOCK JUMP, Shiny Stockings, Every Day I Have the Blues
MoviesThe Last of the Blue Devils, Hit Parade of 1943, Count Basie at Carnegie Hall, Jazz Icons: Count Basie: Live in '62, Newport Jazz Festival 1962, Norman Granz: Improvisation, Norman Granz' Jazz in Montreux: Ella and Basie '79, Count Basie: Then as Now, Count's the King, Norman Granz' Jazz in Montreux...
TV ShowsCavalcade of Bands, The Sound of Jazz

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1In his hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey, the Carlton Theater (which opened in 1926) on Monmouth Street was renamed the Count Basie Theatre in 1984 in his honor.
2He was inducted into the 2010 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
3He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
4He was nominated for the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
5Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 48-50. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
6Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1981.
7Pictured on one of a set of four 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, issued 11 September 1996, celebrating big band leaders. Other singers honored in this issue are Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey; Glenn Miller; and Benny Goodman.
8Jazz pianist and orchestra leader.
9The Count Basie Orchestra included Lester Young.




The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV Series writer - 2 episodes
All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records2015Documentary performer: "Red Bank Boogie" / writer: "Red Bank Boogie"
Agent CarterTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
422013performer: "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?"
Gambit2012/Iwriter: "One O'Clock Jump" - as William Basie
Ginger & Rosa2012performer: "L'il Darlin"
Paris-Manhattan2012performer: "Back to the Apple' / writer: "Back to the Apple' - as William basie
Independent Lens2005-2012TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
L.A. Noire2011Video Game writer: "One O'Clock Jump" - as William Count Basie
The Music Never Stopped2011performer: "Kansas City"
BBC Swingin' Christmas2010TV Movie writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel2009Documentary music: "Blee Blop Blues" - as William Count Basie
An Education2009writer: "One O'clock Jump"
Nights in Rodanthe2008performer: "Moten Swing" / writer: "Jive At Five"
Grand Theft Auto IV2008Video Game performer: "April in Paris"
Cold CaseTV Series writer - 1 episode, 2007 performer - 1 episode, 2005
The War2007TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who2007Documentary performer: "Oh Lonesome Me"
State of Mind2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Click2006performer: "With Plenty of Money and You" 1936
Rush: R302005Video documentary writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
The Whole Ten Yards2004performer: "Are You Having Any Fun"
Paternal Instinct2004Documentary performer: "Anything Goes"
The Blues2003TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind2002writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside"
Frida2002writer: "Jumping at the Woodside" - as William Count Basie
The Salton Sea2002performer: "Brand New Wagon" / writer: "Brand New Wagon"
Pearl Harbor2001performer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside" / writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside"
61*2001TV Movie performer: "The Kid From Red Bank"
Amy's Orgasm2001performer: "Hittin 12" - as Count Basie Big Band
Enigma2001writer: "One O'Clock Jump" 1933
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells2000TV Movie writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
O Cravo e a Rosa2000TV Series performer: "Tea For Two"
Lolita1997performer: "Royal Garden Blues"
Out to Sea1997writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside" 1938
The English Patient1996music: "One O'Clock Jump" 1933 - as William "Count" Basie
Swingers1996performer: "With Plenty of Money and You"
Get Shorty1995performer: "Are You Havin' Any Fun"
The Grass Harp1995writer: "ONE O'CLOCK JUMP" - as William Basie
The Tuskegee Airmen1995TV Movie writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Le confessionnal1995performer: "Dark rapture", "Blue and sentimental" / writer: "Blue and sentimental"
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 4 episodes
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music1993Documentary writer: "One O'Clock Jump'
Malcolm X1992performer: "Undecided Blues", "The Jitters", "Feedin' The Bean" / writer: "Feedin' The Bean"
Zebrahead1992writer: "Jump for Me"
Alice1990performer: "Flight of the Foo Birds" 1957
Harlem Nights1989performer: "One O'clock Jump" / writer: "One O'clock Jump"
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling1986performer: "Hey Lawdy Mama"
Hannah and Her Sisters1986"Back to the Apple"
Buddy Rich and His Band: Channel One Suite1985writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can1982"I GUESS I'LL HAVE TO CHANGE MY PLAN"
Zoot Suit1981writer: "Two O'Clock Jump" - uncredited
Inside Moves1980performer: "Captain Bligh" / writer: "Captain Bligh"
Raging Bull1980music: "Two O'Clock Jump" 1939
Stardust Memories1980music: "One O'Clock Jump" 1933
The First 40 Years1980TV Special writer: "Two O'Clock Jump" - uncredited
Wanda Nevada1979writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1978TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Gong Show1976TV Series music: "One O'Clock Jump", "Jumpin' at the Woodside"
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People1976TV Series performer - 1 episode
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975Documentary performer: "Shout and Feel It" 1937 / writer: "Shout and Feel It" 1937
Slither1973"One O'Clock Jump"
Emma Zunz1966Short "Blues Inside Out"
Made in Paris1966performer: "Skol Sister", "Goof Proof"
Sex and the Single Girl1964performer: "Anniversary Song", "What Is This Thing Called Love?"
The Lively OnesTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1963 writer - 1 episode, 1963
The Errand Boy1961music: "Blues in Hoss' Flat" - uncredited
Startime1960TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jamboree!1957music: "One O'Clock Jump"
M Squad1957TV Series writer: "Theme From M Squad"
The Nat King Cole Show1957TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Benny Goodman Story1956writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Rhythm and Blues Revue1955Documentary writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Show Time at the ApolloTV Series writer - 1 episode performer - 1 episode
Mother Is a Freshman1949music: "One O'Clock Jump" - uncredited
Killer Diller1948music: "Basie Boogie"
Rockin' in the Rockies1945writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Night Club Girl1945music: "One O'Clock Jump" - uncredited
You Can't Ration Love1944music: "One O'Clock Jump"
Hi'ya, Sailor1943writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Top Man1943music: "Basie Boogie"
I Dood It1943music: "One O'Clock Jump" 1937
Best Foot Forward1943writer: "Two O'Clock Jump" 1939
Clancy Street Boys1943writer: "One O'Clock Jump" 1933
Reveille with Beverly1943writer: "One O'Clock Jump"
Springtime in the Rockies1942writer: "Two O'Clock Jump"
Take Me Back, Baby1941Short writer: "Take Me Back, Baby"

Music Department

Trilogie De Tragedie2016musician
M Squad1958-1960TV Series composer - 79 episodes


Blazing Saddles1974Count Basie
Made in Paris1966Count Basie - Leader of His Orchestra
Here's Edie1963TV Series
Cinderfella1960Count Basie
Show Time at the Apollo1955TV SeriesOrchestra Leader
Basie's Boogie1945Short as Count Basie and His Orchestra
Choo Choo Swing1943Short as Count Basie and His Band
Crazy House1943Count Basie (as Count Basie and His Orchestra)
Top Man1943Orchestra Leader
Stage Door Canteen1943Conductor of the Count Basie Orchestra
Hit Parade of 19431943Conductor of the Count Basie Orchestra
Reveille with Beverly1943Orchestra Leader
Air Mail Special1941Short
Policy Man1938


Killer Diller1948


Every Day2010thanks


America's Book of Secrets2013TV SeriesHimself
Copenhagen Jazz Festival1985TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 5th Annual Black Achievement Awards1984TV SpecialHimself
Salute!1983TV SeriesHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1982TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1981TV Special documentaryHimself - Honoree
The Man and His Music1981TV MovieHimself - Pianist
The Grammy Hall of Fame1981TV MovieHimself
Count Basie at Carnegie Hall1981TV MovieHimself
The Big Show1980TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1979TV SpecialHimself
The Last of the Blue Devils1979DocumentaryHimself
Big Band Bash1978TV MovieHimself
The 20th Annual Grammy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1963-1977TV SeriesHimself
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People1976TV SeriesHimself
John Denver and Friend1976TV SpecialHimself
Piano Party1976TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1963-1976TV SeriesThemselves / Himself - Musician / Himself
The Royal Variety Performance1975TV MovieHimself
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHimself
Iltatähti1973TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly1973TV SpecialHimself
Timex All-Star Swing Festival1972TV SpecialHimself
...And Beautiful II1970TV MovieHimself - Pianist
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
BBC Show of the Week1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
Newport Jazz Festival1968TV SpecialHimself
The Jerry Lewis Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show1948-1967TV SeriesHimself - Band Leader / Himself / Band Leader
Center Stage1967TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Pianist
The Jackie Gleason Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1965-1966TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1965TV SeriesHimself - Pianist
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest Jazz Performer
That Regis Philbin Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Bell Telephone Hour1964TV SeriesHimself - Leader of His Orchestra
The Jerry Lewis Show1963TV SeriesHimself - Bandleader
Sarah Sings & Basie Swings1963TV MovieHimself
The Lively Ones1963TV SeriesHimself - Performer
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Orchestra Leader
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHimself
The Garry Moore Show1960-1961TV SeriesHimself
Astaire Time1960TV MovieHimself
Startime1960TV SeriesHimself
Sunday Showcase1959TV SeriesHimself - Recipient
The Milton Berle Show1959TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956-1958TV SeriesHimself - Bandleader / Himself - Pianist / Himself - Conductor
The Big Record1957TV SeriesHimself
The Seven Lively Arts1957TV SeriesHimself
The Julius LaRosa Show1957TV SeriesHimself
The Jackie Gleason Show1955-1957TV SeriesHimself - Guest Jazz Pianist / Himself - Guest Conductor
The Nat King Cole Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Pianist
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Basin Street Revue1956Himself
Rhythm and Blues Revue1955DocumentaryHimself
Music 551955TV Series documentaryHimself
Show Time at the Apollo1955TV SeriesHimself - Orchestra Leader
Nothing But the Best1953TV SeriesHimself
'Sugar Chile' Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet1951ShortHimself
Cavalcade of Bands1950TV SeriesHimself (with the Count Basie Orchestra)
Adventures in Jazz1949TV SeriesHimself
Take Me Back, Baby1941ShortHimself

Archive Footage

A Great Day in Harlem1994DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music1993DocumentaryHimself - Performer
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame1993TV Special documentaryHimself
The Ladies Sing the Blues1989Himself
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
Black Music in America: From Then Till Now1971Documentary shortHimself
Ebony Parade1947Himself
My Music: Starlight Ballroom2015TV MovieHimself
Jazz Legends in Their Own Words2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
How Playboy Changed the World2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Io sono Tony Scott, ovvero come l'Italia fece fuori il più grande clarinettista del jazz2010DocumentaryHimself
Love Letters in the Sands of Time2010TV MovieHimself
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel2009DocumentaryHimself
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Jazz Giants of the 20th Century2007Video documentaryHimself
Harlem Renaissance2004Video documentary
My Kinda People2003TV MovieHimself
Strangers in the Night: The Bert Kaempfert Story2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Blues2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Georgie Fame 60 år2003TV Movie
Playboy: The Party Continues2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Rat Pack1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years1998Video documentaryHimself
Great Performances1998TV SeriesHimself
Masters of American Music1995TV Mini-SeriesHimself


Won Awards

1982Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on January 27, 1982 at 6508 Hollywood Blvd.
1959GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Jazz Performance, GroupFor the album "Basie."

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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