Count Basie bio

Birth Name: William James Basie

Occupation: Pianist

Place Of Birth: Red Bank

Date Of Birth: August 21, 1904

Date Of Death: April 26, 1984

Cause Of Death: N/A

Ethnicity: Black

Nationality: American

Count Basie was born on the 21st of August, 1904. He was famous for being a Pianist. Swing-era bandleader noted for his theme songs One O’Clock Jump from 1937 and April in Paris from 1932.

Count Basie was born in Red Bank. He originally wanted to be a drummer, but he grew up near Sonny Greer, who would become Duke Ellington ‘s legendary drummer in 1919. He thought he could never outmatch Greer’s talent, so he took up piano at 15. His group, Count Basie and his Cherry Blossoms, was an outgrowth of Bennie Moten’s band in Kansas City. He eventually relocated the Cherry Blossoms to Chicago, then to New York City.

Count Basie was a Leo and was born in the G.I. Generation.

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Count Basie was born in 1900s. Discover what happened on this day.

William James Basie is part of G.I. Generation also known as The Greatest Generation. This generation experienced much of their youth during the Great Depression and rapid technological innovation such as the radio and the telephone. The initials "G.I." is military terminology referring to "Government Issue" or "General Issue".


Count’s education details are not available at this time. Please check back soon for updates.


Count Basie’s mother’s name is unknown at this time and his father’s name is under review. We will continue to update information on Count Basie’s parents.

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Personal Life

Like many famous people and celebrities, Count Basie kept his personal life private. Once more details are available, we will update this section.

Count Basie was born in the Year of the Dragon.

Fast Facts

REAL NAME: William James Basie
NICKNAME: The Count, The Kid from Red Bank, William Allen Basie
DEATH DAY: Thursday



Zodiac Sign: Count Basie was a Leo. People of this zodiac sign like to be admired, expensive things, bright colors, and dislike being ignored, facing difficulties, not being treated specially. The strengths of this sign are being creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted, cheerful, humorous, while weaknesses can be arrogant, stubborn, self-centered, lazy and inflexible. The greatest overall compatibility with Leo is Aquarius, Gemini.

Chinese Zodiac: Count Basie was born in the Year of the Ox. People born under this sign are energetic and excitable. They hate hypocrisy and gossip and can sometimes be a bit arrogant and impatient.

Ruling Planet: Count Basie had a ruling planet of Sun and has a ruling planet of Sun and by astrological associations Saturday is ruled by Sun. The Sun is about vitality and is the core giver of life. It is also known as being the most generous and noble of signs. People who are born with the Sun as the ruling planet are courageous, self-expressive and bold.

Count Basie’s birth sign is Leo and he had a ruling planet of Sun.

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