I thought we were getting close to having the full Count Basie discography and then I looked it up. We are nowhere close to having it all! There are a few albums coming up, they’re just sitting in the pile to be photographed, so I’ll be listing more information about Basie then, but for now I wanted to focus on his legacy and influence.
Count Basie introduced several generations of listeners to the Big Band sound and left an influential catalog. Basie is remembered by many who worked for him as being considerate of musicians and their opinions, modest, relaxed, fun-loving, dryly witty, and always enthusiastic about his music. In his autobiography, he wrote, “I think the band can really swing when it swings easy, when it can just play along like you are cutting butter”.
On top of nine Grammy Awards, by 2011, four recordings of Count Basie had been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old, and that have “qualitative or historical significance”. On May 23, 1985, William “Count” Basie was presented, posthumously, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan. The award was received by his son, Aaron Woodward. On September 11, 1996 the U.S. Post Office issued a Count Basie 32 cents postage stamp. Basie is a part of the Big Band Leaders issue, which, is in turn, part of the Legends of American Music series.
Count Basie and His Orchestra
Blues in My Heart
I Don’t Stand a Chost of a Chance with You
Red Roses for a Blue Lady
Ma, He’s Making Eyes At Me
M – Squad
Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me
As Long As I Live
I’ve Got the World on a String