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Count Basie Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

COUNT BASIE
Born: August 21, 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey
Died: April 26, 1984 in Hollywood, Florida
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William "Count" Basie (1904-1984) is credited with introducing blues to mainstream audiences through his polished versions of blues rhythms. Basie and his Big Band had over 30 recordings in the Top 40 from 1937 to 1968. Taught piano by his mother, Basie began his career on the vaudeville circuit in the early 1920s. In 1927, the young musician was stranded in Kansas City, changing his life and career. Within two years, he joined Benny Moten's Kansas City Orchestra and became an important part of its rhythm section. Moten's sudden death in 1935 gave Basie his "big break." Along with Moten's nephew, the Count took over the group, which soon evolved into the Count Basie Orchestra. By the peak of the Big Band Era, he was a major factor in both that movement and in jazz circles. Basie also composed the band's signature tune, "One O'Clock Jump", now a jazz standard. His astute recognition of talent added to the band's perfection with musicians such as Lester Young and vocalists such as Billie Holiday. Basie also appeared in films, beginning in 1938. His last was a memorable scene with his orchestra in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles (1974). The Count Basie Orchestra still tours today, playing the famous arrangements that Basie pioneered.
  • COUNT BASIE - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: DICK HAYNES, MARILYN HARE - HFSID 27140
    COUNT BASIE - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: DICK HAYNES, MARILYN HARE, CHILI WILLIAMS - HFSID 27140
    Guestbook page signed by band leader Count Basie, radio host Dick Haynes, actress Marilyn Hare and pin-up girl Chili Williams, better known as "the Polka Dot Girl". With small b/w photos in unknown hand.

    Sale Price $360.00

    $400.00

  • COUNT BASIE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH  - HFSID 101534
    COUNT BASIE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 101534
    COUNT BASIE. Photograph signed: "Best Wishes/Count Basie". B/w, 9¾x7¾ overall, image 9¼x6½ (one surface). Publicity photograph by James J. Kriegsmann, New York. Captioned at lower margin: "Count Basie and His Orchestra".

    Sale Price $850.00

    $1,000.00

  • COUNT BASIE - DOCUMENT SIGNED 01/24/1949  - HFSID 257335
    COUNT BASIE - DOCUMENT SIGNED 01/24/1949 - HFSID 257335
    COUNT BASIE Count Basie signed this contract in 1949 to release the William Morris Agency as his agent for $1,015.72. Document signed "Count Basie". Also signed by representative of the William Morris Agency. 8¼x10¾, 2 pages, single-sided sheets, on William Morris Agency letterhead with two file holed at top edge. Jan.

    Sale Price $405.00

    $450.00

  • COUNT BASIE - DOCUMENT SIGNED 03/18/1944  - HFSID 263182
    COUNT BASIE - DOCUMENT SIGNED 03/18/1944 - HFSID 263182
    COUNT BASIE. Document signed: "Count Basie", 1p, 8½x11 carbon. New York, N.Y., 1944 March 18. Basie agrees to furnish a vocalist during his engagements at the Roxy Theatre and also that the contract prices of such engagements include the cost of such vocalist.

    Sale Price $405.00

    $450.00

  • COUNT BASIE - INSCRIBED PICTURE POSTCARD SIGNED  - HFSID 49132
    COUNT BASIE - INSCRIBED PICTURE POSTCARD SIGNED - HFSID 49132
    COUNT BASIE Signed b/w Mutoscope picture postcard of Count Basie sitting at a piano in a tux Inscribed picture postcard signed "to Gil/Count Basie". B/w, 3¼x5¼ card, one surface. Captioned: "Count Basie/Courtesy of Music Corporation of America/A Mutoscope Card/Made in USA". Postcard by Mutoscope.

    Sale Price $450.00

    $500.00

  • COUNT BASIE - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED  - HFSID 53744
    COUNT BASIE - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED - HFSID 53744
    COUNT BASIE Signed b/w Mutoscope picture postcard of Count Basie sitting at a piano in a tux Picture postcard signed "Count/Basie". B/w, 3¼x5¼ card, one surface. Captioned: "Count Basie/Courtesy of Music Corporation of America/A Mutoscope Card/Made in USA". Postcard by Mutoscope. Blank on message side.

    Sale Price $360.00

    $400.00

  • COUNT BASIE - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED  - HFSID 29666
    COUNT BASIE - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED - HFSID 29666
    COUNT BASIE Signed b/w picture postcard of a smiling Count Basie from the shoulders up in a coat, white shirt and tie Picture postcard signed "Count/Basie" in blue ink. B/w, 3½x5½ overall, 3x5 image, one surface. Captioned: "Count Basie". Blank on message side.

    Sale Price $342.00

    $380.00

  • COUNT BASIE - RECORD ALBUM COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: FREDDIE GREEN - HFSID 168919
    COUNT BASIE - RECORD ALBUM COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: FREDDIE GREEN - HFSID 168919
    COUNT BASIE, CO-SIGNED: FREDDIE GREEN Copy of Verve's The Best of Count Basie, signed by Basie and Freddie Green, rhythm guitarist with Count Basie and his Orchestra Record album cover signed "CBasie" and "Freddie/Green" in green ink on back cover. Color, 12¼x12¼. Copy of The Best of Count Basie by Basie.

    Sale Price $360.00

    $400.00

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