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Lionel Hampton died ...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Jazz Ad, Aug 31, 2002.

  1. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    ... this morning.

    He was a fantastic percussionist, along with a fine musician.
    I loved his music.

    We also must thank him for imposing the electric bass in jazz music. He was the 1st one to switch from upright to electric. Look at the Pbass in the middle of the band.

    Sad, sad, sad ...

  2. Intrepid


    Oct 15, 2001
    Yeah I saw that on mNBC. I didn't know a whole lot about him though....our vibe player did though.
  3. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    God must be putting together one heck of a band!

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Lionel Hampton was one of my greater influences in playing big band music. Truly sad news.:(
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...every photo I've seen of LH-
    He's smilin'. He always looked like he was having fun when playing, too.

    I was wondering if the 1st Fender bassist in-question was Monk Montgomery; that photo(which is way cool) is a little later than Monk's tenure with Hamp.
  6. Rien

    Rien Guest

    Oct 6, 2001
    How sad...
  7. supergreg


    Jan 20, 2002
    I was just about to post a topic about this. :(
  8. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    When I was a kid, I watched Hampton many times on television. He played with many different jazz greats of the time. It was always exciting to see him, not only because of his music, but his energy and enthusiasm. The vibraphone fascinated me, but I always called it a xylophone and didn't know the difference. I entertained notions of playing one myself one day.

    My father, who was a huge fan of big band swing, was always very happy when Hampton was a guest on TV. If Hampton is playing in the great big band in the sky, I know my Dad is right there in the front row enjoying the spectacle.
  9. mans0n


    Jun 15, 2002
    i hadnt been keeping up on him, i thought he died in 1996 ;-/

    bummer to hear he..... was alive and i didnt know till i read he IS actually dead

    hmmm even xrefer.net shows 1996

    Hampton, Lionel (1913 - 1996)
    US black jazz vibraphonist, drummer, pianist, singer, and bandleader.

  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Well - he was well into his 90s and had played Jazz for many, many years - if I last that long and can play at anything like that level I will be very happy! :)
  11. Very true.
  12. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    He was 94 and still playing.
    What you can call an achieved life.

    It's still sad to see him go.

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