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Overview (4)

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameLionel Leo Hampton
Nickname The Gates of Swing

Mini Bio (1)

Lionel Hampton was born on April 20, 1908 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Lionel Leo Hampton. He was married to Gladys Neal Riddle. He died on August 31, 2002 in New York City, New York, USA.

Spouse (1)

Gladys Neal Riddle (11 November 1936 - 29 April 1971) (her death)

Trivia (22)

Suffered a stroke on March 31, 1995.
Recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, January 1997.
Served on the New York City Human Right Commission.
Appointed "ambassador of music" to the United Nations in 1985.
Helped fund low-income housing, music scholarships and departments.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1986.
Received doctorates from many colleges.
Twice served as a Republican delegate for a presidential election.
Upon his death, both President George W. Bush and former president Bill Clinton honored him, and claimed they were fans of his music.
The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho, named after him, received a National Medal of Arts in 2007.
The School of Music at the University of Idaho is named after him.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1984.
Was known to be intensely religious.
Was injured in a band bus crash in October 1955 and sidelined for several months.
Started his first band on the West Coast in 1940, soon after signing a lucrative recording contract with Victor. From the 1950's, he frequently toured Europe and became especially popular at international festivals in France. He also appeared as a soloist at London's Royal Festival Hall in October 1957.
Studied music at the University of Southern California.
His theme song was "Flying Home". Other songs written by Hampton include "Hamp's Boogie", "Central Avenue Breakdown" and "Midnight Sun".
Was featured at Jimmy Carter's White House Jazz Party in June 1978.
Did much recording work for Norman Granz in the 1950's.
Hampton received his first basic training in military drumming from a Dominican nun at Holy Rosary Academy at Collins, Wisconsin. His uncle Richard Morgan, a bootlegger, bought him his first drum kit and encouraged him to become a musician. Hampton first played drums for Major N. Clark Smith's Chicago Defender Newsboys Band. He subsequently received tuition on xylophone from his idol, the Mississippi musician Jimmy Bertrand (1900-1960).
Jazz musician (drums, vibraphone) who at times led his own big band and guest-appeared in occasional films. He also performed frequently with the clarinetist-bandleader Benny Goodman.

Personal Quotes (1)

Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.

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