For over sixty years, Lionel Hampton was a jazz star and quadruple threat, as pioneering vibraphonist, boogie-woogie styled pianist, swinging drummer, and disarming vocalist. Touring the world until near the end of his long life, Hampton kept a big band together longer than anyone else of his era. With such smash hits as “Flying Home” and “Hey-Ba-Ba-Re-Bop,” the Hampton band helped to establish the template for the rhythm and blues era.
Lionel Hampton was born on April 20, 1908 in Louisville, Kentucky. After his father was reported missing and later declared killed in World War I, his mother moved the family first to Birmingham, Alabama, then on to Chicago. She sent her son to a Catholic boarding school in Wisconsin, where he got... Read More