LIONEL HAMPTON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 176531
LIONEL HAMPTON. Photograph signed: "Lionel Hampton". B/w, 8x10 overall, image 7x8¾ (one surface). Lionel Hampton Enterprises publicity photograph. Captioned at lower margin: "The Exciting LIONEL HAMPTON".
Sale Price $252.00
LIONEL HAMPTON. Photograph signed: "Lionel Hampton". B/w, 8x10 overall, image 7x8¾ (one surface). Lionel Hampton Enterprises publicity photograph. Captioned at lower margin: "The Exciting LIONEL HAMPTON". Hampton and his band are pictured in front of a sign that reads: "Goodwill Ambassador/Lionel Hampton". Hampton was asked by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the U.S. Hampton and his band made a number of tours to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Far East in that capacity, generating a large international following. Lionel Leo Hampton (1908-2002), the first jazz vibraphonist, began his career as a drummer. Louis Armstrong encouraged him to try the vibraphone, used by NBC radio to announce intermissions. Their 1930 recording of "Memories of You" forever associated Hampton with the instrument, although he was also an accomplished piano player. In 1940, Hampton formed his own band, which became the first Black band to tour the racially segregated South with a white singer (1950). Adequate contrast. Lightly creased at blank margins and corners, light black mark at lower right margin. Minor surface creases and impressions (not evident head on). Fine condition.
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