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Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA
Died in Englewood, New Jersey, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameThelonious Sphere Monk
Nicknames Melodious
The High Priest of Bebop
The Mad Monk
The Genius of Modern Music
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Thelonious Monk was born on October 10, 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA as Thelonious Sphere Monk. He was married to Nellie Monk. He died on February 17, 1982 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA.

Spouse (1)

Nellie Monk (1947 - 17 February 1982) (his death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Long goatee, shades, eccentric hats

Trivia (8)

Jazz musician.
Though a celebrity, he always kept his whereabouts public in the Manhattan (New York City) telephone directory.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1980.
Born at 9:15 PM EST.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 567-570. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7055 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
His band's music arranger was Hal Overton.

Personal Quotes (5)

I don't believe in luck, good or bad. If a guy's good, he'll make it. If not, he won't.
All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.
[When a jazz critic asked him what he thought of polls]: "I have a lot of respect for the Polish people, especially the way they can drink vodka."
It's always night, or we wouldn't need light.
I'm famous, ain't that a bitch.

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