The Lionel Hampton Story 1908-2002
1924-1959

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1924-1959 Discography1966-1987/1985-2000 Hamp in The Netherlands
1960-1975 Hamps Stardust 1947-1978 Hamp in België
1976-1990-New. Hampton Discography1966-2000 Hamp in Germany
1991-1998 Birthday Photos. 2000/1 at Home Dutch I Radio 7x24 hours BEBOP
1999-000000000000-------------------- Hamp In Memoriam. The Funeral Dutch I Radio 7x24 hours JAZZ
2000 The Billy Mackel Story + Hamp Memorabilia:That Hamp give to me
2001- Hamp in Sweden and Swedish >> Great USA Jazz Photography
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm The first vibraphoneplayers- Jazz At The Philharmonic JATP
Homepage with 1000 hours Music Lionel Hampton Jazz Festivals < Festival 2002-2010. With concerts.

The Hampton Family
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Mother, Gertrudde Morgen-Hampton. Father, Charles Edward Hampton
and Grandmother, Louvenia Morgan.

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Family Reunion 1914. ----------------   Lionel Hampton, Age 6 years.

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Father en Mother.
Hamp give to me.


Lionel's bible from 1925. Format 100%.


The text by Hampton's Father written in the bible which he gave to Lionel.
Hamp give it to me.

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Lionel Hampton's 1954 Bible. Hamp give it to me.

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1924

Reb Spike's Legion Club Fourty Fives

Los Angeles: 1924. This is Lionel Hampton's first record he plays drums.
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1924, November.  Sheffield Blues -   My Mammy's Blues

1928.
Hallelujah. Curtis Mosby & Lionel Hampton & Nina Mae McKinney . Live Video.  Click-

1929-1930

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Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders

Lionel Hampton, Drums and Vocal. THIS SERVER UNDER IS OUT. The dates are correct. 
2012, October 25: Click for all the numbers.  Click-

1929, April 28-29-30. Burma Girl - Charlie's Idea - Harlem-Moonlight Blues - Overnight Blues 1 -
Overnight Blues 2 - Quality Shout - The Ramble- Stuff Stomp
1930, April 30: California Swing - Culting' Up -
1930, April 30:-New Kinda Blues-Lionel Hampton drums, vocal and for the first time with the Hi-Hat in Jazz.
1930, July 25: Getting' Ready Girl -

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Starting in the 1930's on the vibraphone as a contemporary of Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman, and staying active into the 90's, Lionel Hampton built one of the towering careers in jazz music.  A multi-instrumentalist, Hampton also enjoyed unmatched popularity as a bandleader, showman, and social activist.  As a musician his greatest impact was on the vibraphone, becoming the first great jazz improviser on the instrument.  Over the years his big band featured some of the best-known singers and musicians in jazz history, and it became one the longest running and commercially successful institutions in jazz.  He also recorded extensively in many all-star small group projects as both sideman and leader.  Hampton became one of America's most beloved musical figures.  His astonishing longevity and extroverted personality made him a favorite of everyone from ordinary music fans to World Leaders.
Lionel Leo "Hamp" Hampton was born April 20th in Louisville, Kentucky, but was soon sent to live with his grandparents in Chicago.  They sent him to Holy Rosary Academy in Wisconsin, where he had his first musical exposure, learning drumming in the school band.  By his early teen's Hampton had gone to live with his Uncle Richard Morgan, a bootlegger with connections to show business.  Morgan encouraged his nephew's desire for a musical career and even purchased Lionel's first drum kit, which was modeled after one played by Jimmie Bertrand with the Erskine Hawkins Band.  Bertrand, a drummer and part time xylophonist was Hampton?s first musical idol.  Hampton began playing drums for a newsboy's band organized by the Chicago Defender, a leading black newspaper.  By the close of the 1920's he had become a professional musician, playing in some of the leading Midwest "territory" bands of the day.  His first recording was with Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders in 1929.  In the course of touring with these bands, He found himself in Los Angeles, where he joined Les Hite's band, which was accompanying Louis Armstrong at the time.  By 1930, Hampton had taught himself to play the vibraphone. When Armstrong heard him practicing, he asked Hampton to play behind him on his next recording session.  Hampton's work on Memories of You and Shine was the first recorded jazz improvisation on vibraphone.
Hampton also began playing piano and singing, eventually becoming popular enough to leave Hite's band and form his own big band.  In 1936, he was leading a band at the Paradise Club on Los Angeles's famed Central Avenue, when Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, and Teddy Wilson came in to see the show.  They joined the band on stage. Goodman was so impressed by Hampton's vibraphone sound, that he asked Lionel to join a recording session that was scheduled for the next day.  These recordings by the Goodman Quartet were extremely successful, and Hampton became a regular, along with Charlie Christian on electric guitar, on small group records with Goodman.  He also occasionally played with Goodman's big band.  While working with Goodman throughout the remainder of the 30's, he also began to record a series of classic swing albums with various all-star small groups for RCA Victor.
By the early 40's he longed to lead a big band again.  Encouraged by Goodman and his wife Gladys, he formed his own band in 1941.  This band had a huge hit in 1942 with the R&B flavored tune Fly' in Home, which featured Illinois Jacquet on tenor saxophone.  Hampton's band soon became an institution, with a musical signature that was R&B based, but Be-bop influenced and a performing style that was wildly exhibitionist.  This would be the style that Hampton's band retained for the next 50 years.   Over the years this band would employ the likes of Jacquet, Al Grey, Earl Bostic, Gigi Gryce, Dexter Gordon, Arnett Cobb, Charles Mingus, Clifford Brown, Art Farmer, Quincy Jones, Fats Navarro, Clark Terry and Wes Montgomery.  Hampton had a good ear for singers, which led him to give early breaks to Dinah Washington, Joe Williams, Annie Ross and Betty Carter.  During the 50's Hampton also became one America's unofficial goodwill ambassadors, as his band was very popular at international festivals throughout Europe.  Later in the decade, he resumed his small group recordings for Norman Granz.  Granz teamed him Stan Getz, Buddy De Franco, Oscar Petersen, Buddy Rich and Art Tatum.
In the 60's Lionel Hampton participated in several re-unions of the original Benny Goodman Quartet, some which were recorded and televised.  He also became involved, along with Gladys, in Harlem urban renewal.  Although Gladys died in 1971, he legacy was assured with the opening of the Gladys Hampton Homes in the late 70's.  Eventually, projects initiated by the Hampton's would house 700 low-income families.  Throughout, Hampton toured with his band and various all-star bands, until the early nineties.  Despite the ravages of time, which included arthritis and a brain hemorrhage, Hampton continued to front his bands, playing, singing and dancing as if time did not matter.  In 1993, a year after his hemorrhage, he played several U.K. concerts with the Golden Men of Jazz, including Junior Mance, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Benny Golson, and Al Grey.  To underscore Hampton's place in music history, one of his vibraphones was placed in the National Museum of Natural History in 2001.  On August 31st 2002, Lionel Hampton succumbed to heart failure, and passed away at the age of 94, leaving behind one of the great legacies in jazz. 

1930-1931

Louis Armstrong and his Sebastian New Cotton Orchestra

Lionel Hampton, drums and for the first time on vibraphone in Memries Of You.   Sorry. This server is out.
1930, October 16. Body And Soul -(From "Three's A Crowd) Memories Of You -
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1935

 Bennie Goodman, Lionel Hampton, ?

1936

Gladys Riddle and Lionel.
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Lionel Hampton and his wife, Gladys, were married Nov. 11, 1936.
Gladys served as his personal manager, and developed a reputation as a brilliant businesswoman.
She was responsible for raising the money for Lionel to start his own band.
She was born in Leighhigh Oklaohoma. 1914.

Gladys Riddle (a seamstress who became his business manager), November 11, 1936 
(deceased, 1971). Education: Attended the University of Southern California, 1934. 
She was responsible for raising the money for Lionel to start his own band.

Politics: Lionel hampton was Republican. Religion: Christian Scientist.

Lionel Hampton's Wife, Gladys dies of Hartattack at the age of 57. She was born in March 1905.

 1961, May 21

1937

1937. February  8.  New York, 
Lionel Hampton's first recording below his name.
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra: (Victor) 
Lionel Hampton, (vibes, dr, vo), Ziggy Elman (tp), Hymie Schertzer, George Koenig (as)
Vido Musso, Arthus Rollini (ts), Jess Stacy (p), Harry Goodman (b), Gene Krupa (dr)
1: My Last Affair, 2: Jivin' the Blues, 3: The Mood That I'm In, 4: Stomp.
1: Play- 2:  Play-3: Play-  4: Play-
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1937
1937, April 14.  New York.
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra: (Victor).
Lionel Hampton, (vibes. dr. vo), Lawrence Brown (tb), Mezz Mezzrow (cl), Johnny Hodges (sax),
Allen Reus (g), John Kirby (b), Cozy Cole (dr)
1: Buzzin' Round with the Bee. 2: Whoa Babe. 3: Stompology.
1: Play-2: Play-3: Play-
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1937
1937, April 26. New York.
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra: (Victor).
Lionel Hampton, (Vibes, p, dr, vo). Buster Bailey (cl), Johnny Hodges (sax), Jess Stacy (p),
Allan Reus (g), John Kirby (b), Cozy Cole (dr).
1: On the Sunny Side of the Street. 2: Rhythm Rhythm. 3: China Stomp. 4: I know That You Know.
1:  Play-2: Play-3: Play-4: Play
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1937
1937, August 18. Hollywood.
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra: (Victor).
Lionel Hampton, (Vibes, p, dr, vo), Jonah Jones (tr), Eddie Barefield (cl), Clyde Hart (p).
Bobby Bennet (g), Mack Walker (b), Cozy Cole (dr).
1: I'm Confesin' 2: Drum Stomp (Grazy Rhythm). 3: Piano Stomp. 4: I Surrender Dear.
1: Not aviable. 2: Play- 3:  Play-4: Play
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1937
1937, September 5, Hollywood.
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra: 
Lionel Hampton, (vibes, p, vo), Ziggy Elman (tr), Vido Musso, (cl, ts), Arthur Rollini (ts). Jess Stacy(p)
Allan Reuss (g). Johnny Miller (b). Coxy Cole (dr).
1: The Object Of My Affection. 2:Judi, 3:Baby, Won't You Please Come Home. 4:After You've'  Gone.
5: I Just Couldn't Take It, Baby. 6 Not Aviable.
1:  Play-2: Play-3: Play-4: Play-5: Play-
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1938
1938, january 18. New York.
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra: 
Lionel Hampton, (vibes, vo). Cootie Williams (tr). Johnny Hodges (as).Edgar Sampson (barsax arr).
Jass Stacy (p). Allan Reuss (g). Billy Taylor (b) Sonny Greer (dr).
1:You're My Ideal. 2: The Sun Will Shine Tonight. 3: Ring Dem Belss. 4: Don't Be That Way.
1: Play-2: Play-3: Play- 4:  Play-
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1938
1938 July 23, New York.
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra: 
Lionel Hampton (Vibes and vocal). Harry James (tr). Benny Carter (cl, as, arr).Dace Mathews (as).
Herschel Evans and Babe Russin (ts). Billy Kyle (p). John Kirby (b). Jo Jones (dr).
1: In the Mood for Swing. 2:Shoe Shiner's Rag. 3: Any Time at All. 4: Musket Ramble.
1:  Play-2: Play-3: Play-4: Not aviable. 

1938

1938, October 11, Chicago.
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra: 
Lionel Hampton (Vibes, p) > Follow.
1: Down Home Jump. 2: Rock Hill Special.
1:  Play- 2: Play-

1939

1939, April 3. New York.
Lionel Hampton and his  Orchestra:
Lionel Hampton (Vibes and Vocal). Irving Randolf (Trumpet). Hymie Schertzer (bcl as), Russel Procope (as). Jerry Jerome (ts)
Chu Berry (as). Clyde Hart (p). Allan Reus (g). Milt Hinton (b). Cozy Cole (dr).
1: I Can Give You Love. 2: High Society. 3: It Don't Mean a Thing. 4: Johnny Get Your Horn and Blouw It.
1:  Play-2: Play- 3: Play- 4 Not Aviable.New. 2011, January 6.

1939:

1939, April 5. New York.
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra.
Lionel Hampton (Vibes, P, Vocal). Chu Berry (ts). Clyde Hart (p). Allan Reus (g). Milt Hinton (b). Gozy Cole (dr)
1: Sweethart on Parade. 2: Shuffin'' At The Hollywood (Take 2). 3: Denison Swing.
1:  Play- 2: Play-3: Play- New: 2011, January 6.

 

More 1939-1942 follow.

1942

1942, March 2. New York.
Lionel Hampton Big Band. (Decca).
Lionel Hampton (Vibes), Illinois Jacquet (Tenorsax)
1 In the Bag. 2: Flying Home.
1: Play- 2:  Play-

1938

Benny Goodman's legendary Carnegie Hall Concert
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1938. January 18  Bennie Goodman and is orchestra make their Carnegie Hall debut.
With Lionel Hampton, Count Basie and members from The Basie and Ellington Orchestra.
The Benny Goodman Band. Dutch radio.  Play660min. INTRO: -Video
The Quartet: Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa.
Dizzy Spells:  Play- Avalon. Play
Don't Be That Way. Play- One O' Clock Jump Jam. With Members of the Basie/Ellington Band Play
1988: Carnegie Hall. Follow.

1942
April, Illinois Jacquet played for the first time his great tenorsolo on Flying Home.
Flying Home 1942 and  1959 Hampton Vocal  (Unreleased)
Illinois Jacquet tenorsaxsolo. 3.07 min and Lord Buckley/Lionel Hampton 2.27 min. 1959.
Reports: Illinois Jacquet (1922) and Flying Home

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Photo signed by Lionel Hampton-- Victor Promo. Hamp's first promo photo.--------------
 

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Sammy, Hampton's half brother.
Hamp give it to me.

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Sammy 1938. I found this photo in Hamp's Bible. Hamp give it to me.
1948 High School graduation picture of Lionel Hampton's brother Samuel (Sammy) Davis Jr. 

High School graduation picture of Lionel Hampton's
brother Samuel (Sammy) Davis Jr. 1948.

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Advertising: Gladys Hampton. Hamp give it to me.
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It's always amazed me how many well-known people have ties to Denison. The latest discovery for me came from a friend I have never met in person who now lives in Bloomington, Ill. Jim is a former Denisonian and graduated from Denison High School in 1960. We talk online. 
He loves doing research on the internet and often uncovers interesting information. Thank goodness he shares it. His latest find was a few days ago when he was "poking around on the web" and stumbled across an item at the top of the Feb. 17, 1951, issue of Billboard. 
The two-paragraph article was datelined New York and headlined "Hamp Takes to the Hills." It was a piece about Lionel Hampton, one of the historic figures of jazz and said that he had turned hillbilly, if you can imagine. He had composed and placed for publication a piece aimed for the Country and Western market titled "Hoedown." 
The second paragraph was what really was interesting. He was going to use a pseudonym for the song and call himself "Tex Denison, taken from the name of his wife, Gladys' hometown, Denison, Texas." 
Jim didn't stop there, he kept poking around, looking for "Hoedown," but said that article was the only thing he could find about it. He didn't know if Lionel Hampton ever followed through with his plan to break into the Country & Western market using the pseudonym "Tex Denison." 
Lionel is the famous one, but Gladys is the one we are interested in here. She's the one who made him wealthy. I wonder how many people knew that she was from Denison. 
Little is known about the life of Gladys Riddle, her name before she met Hampton. In checking census records, Jim found several discrepencies in her age. It's not known if the vagueness of her early years was to avoid revealing her true age. Some sources said she was born in 1918, but by 1929 she was a successful modiste (one who produces, designs or deals in ladies' fashions, according to my dictionary) in Los Angeles. Other sources say she was born in 1914, which is consistent with her obituary. Yet a 1996 book, "Notable Black American Women, Book II," says that 1910 is a more accurate estimation. 
Here's where her story gets interesting. The 1910 U.S. Census shows her living in Denison with her mother above what later became the Star Theater, then still later the State Theater and now Homestead Winery and Devoli's Italian Restaurant. She was listed as eight years old at the time -- April 15, 1910, with an estimated birth year of 1902. 
Her age makes no difference. What's interesting is that she lived in Denison in her early years. 
Gladys met Lionel in 1932 in California. She already was a successful businesswoman who sometimes referred to herself as "just a little dressmaker." She had become an important modiste for MGM studios in the 1920s. Among her clients were Marion Davies, Randolph Hearst, Norma Shearer, Lord Mountbatten, Rosalind Russell and Joan Crawford. Crawford later retained her as her exclusive dressmaker and the two remained friends for years.. 
Gladys gave up her career and moved with Lionel to New York in 1936 after he was offered a position with the Benny Goodman Quartet. They got married on the way to New York, stopping in Yuma, Ariz. 
She became his business manager and sometimes his booking agent. Her reputation as a shrewd manager was legendary during their 35 year partnership. 
When Gladys died of a heart attack in New York in 1971, she left Lionel a wealthy man for his remaining 31 years. He became a philanthropist, investing in public housing and naming the Gladys Hampton Houses in Harlem and a project called Hampton Hills in Newark, N.J. in her honor. 
Gladys was part Native American and was born on a reservation in Lehigh, Okla. in Coal County. Her mother, Agnes Orviss who was born in Texas was living with the J.H. Riddle family in Denison. 
The Riddle's had a son, Roscoe C. Riddle, who graduated from Denison Educational Institute in 1908 according to "Two Schools on Main Street," page 117. That's the book that Mavis Ann Bryant and I wrote in 2008. He later became a doctor and lived in Benton Harbor, Mich. 
Gladys left Denison sometime before 1920 to attend Fisk University in Nashville. After graduating, she joined her mother in Los Angeles, where Agnes was running a boarding house primarily for railroad workers. 
Clora Bryant of Los Angeles, who also grew up in Denison and was a member of the Prairie View Co-eds, all girl orchestra before becoming an outstanding trumpetist and playing the Apollo Theater in New York at age 17, told me several years ago that she was a good friend of Gladys and Lionel's. I seem to remember that she had played with Lionel at one time. But, I don't remember her ever telling me that Gladys had lived in Denison. 
Many thanks to Jim Sears for digging out this information and putting it together for me. 

1940

Lionel Hampton, drumsolo and The Nat King Cole Trio.
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1945


1942

Hey!-BA-BA-RE-BOP: Piano Sheet.

Songtext

HEY!-- BA-BA-RE-BOP, HEY!-- BA-BA-RE-BOP,  HEY--BA-BA-RE-BOP, 
HEY!-- BA-BA-RE-BOP, HEY!--BA-BA-RE-BOP, Yes,--your ba-by knows,
Ma-til-da Brown-told Old King  Tut,- If you an't say RE-BOP, keep your big mouth
shut, --sing-'in HEY!--BA-BA-RE-BOP, HEY!--BA-BA-RE-BOP,  HEY!--BA-BA-RE-BOP,
Yes,----your ba-by knows, Ma-ma's on the chair, Pa-pa's on the cot, Ba-by's in the crib blow-in'
his nat-'ral top. - HEY!--BA-BA-RE-BOP, HEY--BA-BA-RE-BOP, HEY!--BA-BA-RE-BOP,
Yes, ---your ba-by- knows----Up on the moum-tai, look-in' at the sea, Look-in'for that cat that
stole my ba-by from me, sing-in' HEY!--BA-BA-RE-BOP, HEY!-- BA-BA-RE-BOP,
HEY!--BA-BA-RE-BOP, Yes,--your ba-by knows.
Listen: Play-

2002: 12.21 min. Lionel Hampton passed away on 2002 August 31, Age 94. My Radio-interview on 2002, Sept. 2  (Dutch).
"Morgen",  DJ, DJ/Hans Bebop, "Hey! Ba-Ba-Rebop" Play
For the Dutch People:  Artikel en het onvoorbereide interview. De NCRV belde en 5 min. later zat ik in de uitzending.  Click-
Kranten: Parool 1953.  Click-Parool 1956.  Click-Volkskrant 1956.  Click- (Newspapers).
Hans Bebop's Sound (Drums, Leader).
1956: 12.23 min. Thunderbird. Play-On Tenorsax  ?  (Is out)
1956: 12.51 min. Zonked. Play - Tenorsax, ? , J.Merthens vibe. Tr. ?, Tenorsax, Peter Scheerhout. (Is Out)

1945

21 signed W-4 U.S. tax forms from 1945 by Hampton and 20 of his band members.1945, October 6.
The band members signing are Hampton, Herbert "Herbie" Fields (saxes and clarinet),  Arnett Cobb
(tenor sax,) Milton "Milt" Buckner (piano, organ, vibes and arranger)  George Jenkins (drums),
Charles "Charlie" Fowlkes (baritone sax), John "Billy" Mackel (guitar), Alvin Hayse (trumpet),
Charles Purvis Harris (bass), James Nottingham Jr. (trumpet), Lamar Wright Jr. (trumpet),
Joe Morris (trumpet and leader), Wendell Culley (trumpet), James "Jimmy" Wormick (trombone),
Theodore "Teddy" Sinclair (bass), David "Dave" Page (trumpet), Michael "Booty" Wood (trombone),
Gus Evans Jr. (alto sax), Andrew Penn (trombone), John "Johnny" Griffin (tenor sax),
and Madeline Greene (vocalist.
Tax Form of John William "Billy" Mackel.   Click-

Mid '40

Hamp's Boogie Woogie piano sheet
Hamp's Boogie Woogie with Milt Buchner and Hamp on piano.  Play
 

1954


Lionel Hampton Big Band. 
Audio/Video Stardust. Billy Mackel Guitar. Dwike Mitchel, Piano, 
Peter Badie, Bass. Play-

1955

Hamp give it to me. 75x 50cm.
Rhythm and Blues Revue.
Harlem's Apollo Theatre, New York City in 1954. Wikipedia
It features a cast of popular African-American performers: Willie Bryant, Freddie Robinson, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Faye Adams, Bill Bailey, Herb Jeffries, Amos Milburn, Sarah Vaughan, Nipsey Russell, Big Joe Turner, Martha Davis, Little Buck, Nat 'King' Cole, Mantan Moreland, Cab Calloway
and Ruth Brown: Movie 72min.  Play- Billy Mackel, for 32 years the guitarplayer for the 
Lionel Hampton Band.   Website   The Story and photos from Billy and Hamp.

1955

John William "Billy" Mackel on guitar and Lionel Hampton drums.
 Tempo's Boogie -Lionel Hampton and Billy Mackel. 1944.
Blue Panasie-Guitarsolo, Billy Mackel. 1953. Play with Hamp 1944-1982.
Photo: Avon Mackel Archive.

1956
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The Hague and Amsterdam.
Lionel Hampton Big Band.
Dutch Cimena TV. Play

1956
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Lionel Hampton and his Big Band in Deutschland. 1956. Europe Tour.

Lionel Hampton, Vibes, Piano, Drums and Vocal. Robert Mosley, Piano. Peter Badie, Bass. William "Billy" Mackel Guitar. Albert Gardner, Drums.Julius Brooks, David Gonzalves, 
Edward Mullens, Edward Preston, Trumpet.Alvin Hayse, Larry W.Wilson, Alvin Hayse, Walter Phatz Morris, Trombone. Retney Brauer, Robert W. Chamblee, Curtus Lowe, Robert Plater, Saxen. William Hamner, Dance and drums. Lora Pierre Vocal.
Stardust: Audio/Video. Lionel Hampton, Robert Mosley, Piano. Peter Badie, Bass, 
Albert Gardner, Drums.. Play

Billy Mackel was for 32 years the Guitarplayer for Hamp.   Website
 


1957


Paramount Picture: Lionel Hampton and his Band in de movie "Mr. Rock and Roll" 1957.
Lionel Hampton played in part 1, 12 and 13.
Part 1: Intro Video. Play-Part 12:  Play-Part 13:  Play-

Before in 1956: Alan Freed: Bio Wikipedia -Rock and Roll Boogie. Play -
This clip is the opening of the Alan Freed promotional film 'Rock Rock Rock' of 1956 in which Freed bills himself as "King of Rock 'n Roll". Dictator? ..... maybe.
Consider 50's Rock 'n Roll as a commercial venture. Alan Freed saw an opportunity in the enthusiasm for black R 'n B shown by a white teen audience, an emerging social group with spending power in the post WW2 boom.
Noticed the eyes of the tenor players which speak volumes. There is a look of apprehension as the song begins. They don't appear to be enjoying this experience.Note Freed's "singing". He is hopeless. He doesn't even put the phrases in the right places. He sounds as if he is repeating something he has heard but doesn't quite understand. But this is his project and he put it out so I guess he thought that his performance was fine. The band rocks but the situation has a smell of contrivance and exploitation. 
Freed was credited with co-writing 15 rock 'n roll hits including "Maybellene" by Chuck Berry. How does that happen?
Freed was eventually convicted of payolla, the corrupt acceptance of money to push musical product that would not otherwise have been considered. (wouldn't happen today. {;--) ) Anyway, all was forgiven and Freed was among the original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 1986 and in 1991 received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 1991.

 

1958

Lionel Hampton and the Big Band. Liege, Belgium. At The Royal Opera House.
Video: Glydes.  Play -More Follow. 

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

1942

In 1942, when Lionel Hampton was playing at the Royal Theatre, Roy McCoy,
one of Baltimore's most respected musicians, was recruited to replace trumpeter
Joe Newman, who had been drafted into the military. McCoy, standing on the right,
is shown here performing with Hampton's band.

1942

 

1943

Trade publication for Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra, Dinah Washington and Rubel Blakely.
Booked to open at the Capitol, New York, in January 1943.
 

Mid '40

Lionel Hampton and Avedis Zildjian


 
 
 
 
 

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Scrapbook Page: Signed by CURLY HAMM (drums) & SONNIE PARKER

1948

Original 1948 ad for Swing and Tempo music, publishers of orchestrations for Lionel Hampton.

1948

Lionel Hampton and the 1948 band.

1949
NEW 24/6

Lionel's favourite basebal. The Negro Leque.

1950

This is an original 1950 ad for Slingerland Drums, with a photo of Lionel Hampton

1950:
New 2003 April 29

The Lionel Hampton Big Band play at
"The Votre Music Hall" Paris. Photo: Avon Mackel Archive.
 

Mid '50

1951

September 20, 1951   Ellis Theater - San Francisco
Johnny Mathis Vocals - Top left ........... Merl Saunders Piano - Top 2nd from left
Hank Uribe Drums - Top 3rd from left ............. Lionel Hampton - Top 4th from left
Ray Harris Vibes - Top 4th from right .... Frank Roberts Bass - Top 3rd from right
Bill Hawkens Sax - Top 2nd from right Roland Mitchell Sax - Bottom 3rd from left
Mel McPherson Sax - Bottom 2nd from right Frank Wood Sax - Bottom right
The Fifties
 


1951

Quincy Jones arrangement "Undecided." 1951, December 19.
Teddy Wilson, piano. Louie Bellson drums and Bob Cranshaw bass in a concert in London in 1967
as part of a Norman Granz Jazz at the Philharmonic performance. Teddy sets in in high tempo and after
some incredible solos there is a very interesting 4-bar piano-drums exchange.
 Undicided  (Video)


1953

Front row: Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Les Paul. Back row: Illinois Jacquet
Tommy Dorsey, Ziggy Elman, Buddy Rich on drums, bassist unknown.

1953:

The attached photo appeared in the magazine Folkparkerna och Estrad.  The photo was taken in
 1953.   Shown in the photo are,  from left to right,  Cosy Cole,  Jimmy Dorsey,  Louis Armstrong,
Lionel Hampton, and Billy Rowe. Photo: Avon Mackel Archive.

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Hans: The attached photo appeared in the magazine Folkparkerna och Estrad. I don't know when
the photo was taken.   Shown in the photo are (from left to right)  Gene Krupa,  Benny Goodman,
Teddy Wilson, and Lionel Hampton. Regards, Avon. Photo: Avon Mackel Archive.

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The picture on the left is of Lionel Hampton and some of his band
members taking a rest break while traveling on the road.  Although he
is indistinguishable in the photo on the left, Quincy Jones is at the far
end of the bench.  The photo on the right is a profile of Quincy Jones
taken during the rest break.  The pictures were taken during the early
or mid 1950s. Photo: Avon Mackel Archive.

1953

The Lionel Hampton Revue
Photo: Avon Mackel Archive. Video-
 

1955
 

1956

Programme Lionel Hamptonís First British Tour. 1956,  Oct. and Nov.

1956
The Benny Goodman Story 1956

Legendary comedian/actor/musician Steve Allen, (L), shown in the lead role
in this file photo from the 1956 film "The Benny Goodman Story", died
October 31, 2000 of a possible heart attack. Allen, who was 78, was also the
first host of "The Tonight Show", and wrote over 4,000 songs. Musican
Lionel Hampton is at right. REUTERS/File Photo.

1956
Lionel Hampton Europe Tour.
The Hague, The Netherlands.
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1957

Lobby card from Mister Rock and Roll (1957). Directed by Charles S. Dubin. Starring Alan Freed,
Teddy Randazzo, Lois O'Brien, Rocky Graziano, Jay Barney, Al Fisher, Lou Marks, Leo Wirtz, Ralph Stantley,
Lionel Hampton, Ferlin Husky, Frankie Lymon, Little Richard, Brook Benton, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter,
La Vern Baker, Shaye Cogan, Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

1959

Rogers Drums Promo.