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Tunes that'll knock your socks off!

In His Own Words

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Watch Louie Bellson discuss his beloved mentor, Duke Ellington in “Reminiscing In Tempo.”

At the 1981 Bands of America Grand National Championship. Louie was featured performing with the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and co-hosted the TV broadcast.

While giving a clinic at the Hollywood Vintage Drum Show, Bellson is pleased to be reunited with his Billy Gladstone Custom Snare Drum.

(1995 & 2003)
Watch Louie Bellson in these two interviews by NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants -- Oral History Program.

Hear Bellson’s 8 extensive interviews as conducted by the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program, a part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Louie Bellson is interviewed by Paul Chiaravalle, President of Chiaravalle & Associates at IAJE (Int'l Assn. for Jazz Educators) re: The Rich Matteson Foundation.

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. . . . Drummer . . . . Bandleader . . . . Composer . . . . Arranger . . . . Clinician . . . . Inventor . . . . Author . . . . Recording Artist . . . . Grammy Nominee . . . . NEA Jazz Master . . . . An American Legend . . . .

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Inspirational Uses of Website for ...

Youth - history, music appreciation, term papers, theses.

Sr. Citizens - treat someone (w/o computer access) to a website visit.

Music Charts

Louie Bellson Big Band Library

Full arrangements

Titles now available: 50

• “Skin Deep”

• “Hawk Talks”

• “Intimacy of the Blues”

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• According to chart size/use.

• Includes repro, assembly. Shipping cost separate.

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Conductor Guides: <-- Now Available!

"Hear Here!"

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History Lessons

New Bellson-related media


and the Music that Changed America.
By Jeff Kaufman (Film)

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THE CENTURY PROJECT - 100 Years of American Music
from behind the drums. By Daniel Glass (2DVD set)

LB90 T-Shirt - Just Released!

“Celebrate a Maestro”

LB90 design on military green T-shirt

Unveiled at NAMM 2015

Power Wrist Builders booth


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THE SHOP at Bellsonia

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Welcome to the Bellson Beat!


Celebrating 95 years

of the Enduring works of LOUIE BELLSON


Louie Bellson was deemed “the world’s greatest musician” by Duke Ellington, “the epitome of musical talent and a very gifted composer and arranger” by Oscar Peterson, and “the best person I ever met” by Tony Bennett.

He performed on more than 200 albums with a range of artists, including Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Woody Herman, Oscar Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Wayne Newton, and Bellson's first wife Pearl Bailey.

Bellson composed more than 1,000 pieces and wrote a dozen books on drums and percussion. He received the prestigious American Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994. He was also the recipient of awards from ASCAP and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, was a six-time Grammy nominee, and held four honorary doctorates.


For full bio, click Bio & Beyond page.

For more quotes with photos, click Celebrity Quotes page.

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~ Explore A Remarkable Life ~

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From Youth . . .              to Legend . . .


. . . The Beat Goes On !


Whether Hometown . . . 


"Louie Bellson: Hometown Hero" 

Bellson never forgot his roots, in the Q-C area (Moline/Rock Island, IL) where he invented the double-bass drum in his Moline High School Art class in 1941. (left)

During his career, he was a frequent visitor, as shown (on right) with fascinated Q-C youth during a drum clinic. 


. . . National . . . 

Click below to watch Bellson perform the third movement of his composition

"East Side Suite" on The Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson. (1992)

. . . or International, . . . 


Bellson Site-Seeing Around the World 

Displays, Exhibits, Artifacts

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. . . It's all here!

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Click candle for In Memoriam page (Louie; widow; Dee Dee).



2013 Oil Portrait Unveiled



Watch 4 min. video clip of Mrs. B at the unveiling of the stunning portrait of Louie Bellson by artist Michael Del Priore.  Chicago Drum Show coordinator Rob Cook presides (May 18, 2013)

Mrs. B was jubilant!



  The Sacred Music of Louie Bellson

  Louie & Clark Expedition 2



  The Sacred Music of Louie Bellson

  Louie & Clark Expedition 2


CD Baby

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Announcing ... !

The Louie Bellson Legacy Channel on YouTube


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Now you can …

     + Listen to Bellson tunes (partial or entire albums) on YouTube.
     + Use these tunes (legally!) as soundtracks in YOUR videos of family/friends, etc.
     + Use these tunes to make YOUR video of Bellson compositions.

So, get your creative juices flowing and post your creations to YouTube!

Let us know at bellson_1@att.net .

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