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Louis Paul "Louie" Bellson
Birth: Jul. 6, 1924
Rock Falls
Whiteside County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 14, 2009
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Jazz Musician. Regarded by many as being one of the greatest drummers of his era, he worked with such legends as Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and Harry James, during a career of more than 60 years. He was born Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni in Rock Falls, Illinois and began to play the drums as a child. While a teen, he won a national contest held by Gene Krupa and joined Benny Goodman's band not long after. During the 1950s, Bellson gained wider recognition when he wrote and performed the pieces "Skin Deep" and "The Hawk Talks", while with Duke Ellington. Among the other notable artists Bellson recorded with are Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan and Sammy Davis, Jr. He was married to Broadway performer Pearl Bailey. (bio by: C.S.) 
 
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 Parents:
  Louis Paul Bellson (1892 - 1960)
 
 Spouse:
  Pearl Mae Bailey (1918 - 1990)
 
 Children:
  Dee Dee Jean Bellson (1960 - 2009)*
 
 Sibling:
  Mary M. Bellson Selhost (1922 - 2010)*
  Louis Paul Bellson (1924 - 2009)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Riverside Cemetery
Moline
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Family plot
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Feb 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33907855
Louis Paul Louie Bellson
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- Gina G.
 Added: Mar. 15, 2014

- elaine bailey
 Added: Feb. 15, 2014
Such a shame you are not resting next to Miss Pearl.
-Anonymous
 Added: Feb. 14, 2014
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