Bellson, Louie

  • Birth name: Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni
  • AKA: Louis Bellson
  • Born: July 6, 1924 Rock Falls, IL USA
  • Died: February 14, 2009 (Age 84) Los Angeles, CA
  • Genres: Jazz, big band, swing
  • Occupation: Musician, composer, arranger, bandleader
  • Instruments: Drums
  • Years Active: 1931-2009
  • Labels: Roulette, Concord, Pablo, Musicmasters
  • Associated Acts: Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald
  • Influences: Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich
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Tiger Bill’s Personal Recollections:

I first met Louie in 1977 when he endorsed my first drum book, DoubleDrum: A Double Bass Drum Text. We were friends ever since and I treasure the times we had working our drum chops together. Louie was not only a great drummer but a great person and I will always miss him.