Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie bio

Birth Name: John Birks Gillespie

Occupation: Composer

Place Of Birth: Cheraw, SC

Date Of Birth: October 21, 1917

Date Of Death: January 6, 1993

Cause Of Death: N/A

Ethnicity: Black

Nationality: American

Dizzy Gillespie was born on the 21st of October, 1917. He was popular for being a Composer. Considered one of the greatest jazz trumpeters in history. He was instrumental in the evolution of bebop and modern jazz.

Dizzy Gillespie was born in Cheraw, SC. His first professional gig was in 1935 with the Frank Fairfax Orchestra, followed by stints with the orchestras of Edgar Hayes, Teddy Hill, and Cab Calloway, the latter of whom fired him. He led a State Department envoy to the Middle East in 1956, the success of which prompted many to call him the Ambassador of Jazz.

Dizzy Gillespie was a Libra and was born in the G.I. Generation.

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Dizzy Gillespie was born in 1910s. The 1910s represented the culmination of European militarism. Discover what happened on this day.

John Birks Gillespie 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".


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

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Personal Life

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Dizzy Gillespie was born in the Year of the Serpent.

Fast Facts

REAL NAME: John Birks Gillespie
DEATH DAY: Wednesday



Zodiac Sign: Dizzy Gillespie was a Libra. People of this zodiac sign like harmony, gentleness, sharing with others, the outdoors, and dislike violence, injustice, loudmouths, conformity. The strengths of this sign are being cooperative, diplomatic, gracious, fair-minded, social, while weaknesses can be indecisive, holding a grudge and self-pity. The greatest overall compatibility with Libra is Aries and Sagittarius.

Chinese Zodiac: Dizzy Gillespie was born in the Year of the Tiger. People born under this sign are often seen as humorous and gifted in literature and art. However, the snake can be overly suspicious, which makes them a bit paranoid.

Ruling Planet: Dizzy Gillespie had a ruling planet of Venus and has a ruling planet of Venus and by astrological associations Friday is ruled by Venus. Venus is the planet of love, harmony, money and possessions. Venus is graceful, charming, sensual and social. People who are born with Mars as the ruling planet have beauty, charm and sensuality.

Dizzy Gillespie’s birth sign is Libra and he had a ruling planet of Venus.

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