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  • George M
    George M Los Angeles, CA
    Louie was one of the inspirations for me to become a drummer. For years, I've loved the beautiful composition of music and the percussions that surround it. I had the incredible opportunity to see him perform at a drum clinic in Los Angeles, in the 90's. Even in his late stages of life, the man was full of fire and passion on the drums. It's one of those unforgettable experiences I carry to this day. Also, thankful that music had such a talented and creative person to contribute to the foundation of percussion that is still a cornerstone to this day. Growing up in the valley, my father, on so many occasions, would mention how he loved all the musicians during the WWII era. Honorable mentions like Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and, of course, he would talk about Louie Bellson. It made me wonder who these people were and I took it upon myself to do some research. Like stepping into a bottomless rabbit hole, I was exposed to a genre of music I never thought I would come to love and appreciate. Louie Bellson's drumming reached out to me and it made a lasting impression. Since my father's passing, it's still the music that keeps us connected, because it was something that we could both talk about and enjoy. It's a bond between father and son. It's the music the brings back those fond memories and endures time. My love of the drums is unwavered to this day.

    Louie was one of the inspirations for me to become a drummer. For years, I've loved the beautiful composition of music and the percussions that surround it. I had the incredible opportunity to see him perform at a drum clinic in Los Angeles, in the 90's. Even in his late stages of life, the man was full of fire and passion on the drums. It's one of those unforgettable experiences I carry to this day. Also, thankful that music had such a talented and creative person to contribute to the foundation of percussion that is still a cornerstone to this day. Growing up in the valley, my father, on so many occasions, would mention how he loved all the musicians during the WWII era. Honorable mentions like Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and, of course, he would talk about Louie Bellson. It made me wonder who these people were and I took it upon myself to do some research. Like stepping into a bottomless rabbit hole, I was exposed to a genre of music I never thought I would come to love and appreciate. Louie Bellson's drumming reached out to me and it made a lasting impression. Since my father's passing, it's still the music that keeps us connected, because it was something that we could both talk about and enjoy. It's a bond between father and son. It's the music the brings back those fond memories and endures time. My love of the drums is unwavered to this day.

  • Carmine Appice
    Carmine Appice Nyc
    I was a friend of Louie since the ‘70s but started as a fan. He was a beautiful man; I loved him as vf a person. I met him when my band Vanilla Fudge was on the Joey Bishop Show. Louie was in the (house) band. I had a beautiful oversized drum set with 2 26-inch bass drums. Louie was so nice and gave me his number. “My name is just Louie,” he said. “... I play double bass too.” It didn’t even register to me, duh, Louie double bass. Then while I was changing in the dressing room, his number on the piece of paper fell out. It read “Louie Bellson.” I flipped out! I went back and said, “Why didn’t you say you were Louie Bellson?” He was so nice. He replied, “I don’t like pulling my weight around to people.” That was amazing. He invited me to his home around Tampa exit in the valley. We then became friends. That was 1969. Note: This testimony was sent to Mrs. B, who gained permission to post it here.

    I was a friend of Louie since the ‘70s but started as a fan. He was a beautiful man; I loved him as vf a person.
    I met him when my band Vanilla Fudge was on the Joey Bishop Show. Louie was in the (house) band. I had a beautiful oversized drum set with 2 26-inch bass drums.
    Louie was so nice and gave me his number. “My name is just Louie,” he said. “... I play double bass too.” It didn’t even register to me, duh, Louie double bass. Then while I was changing in the dressing room, his number on the piece of paper fell out. It read “Louie Bellson.” I flipped out! I went back and said, “Why didn’t you say you were Louie Bellson?” He was so nice. He replied, “I don’t like pulling my weight around to people.” That was amazing.
    He invited me to his home around Tampa exit in the valley. We then became friends. That was 1969.

    Note: This testimony was sent to Mrs. B, who gained permission to post it here.

  • Monk Rowe
    Monk Rowe Clinton, NY
    I loved the "Why Don't You Do Right" video and did spot the stick twirl by Louie. Imagine if he had dropped it and the director was told they would have to re-shoot because that young drummer messed up! And how interesting to see a bass sax in the section.

    I loved the "Why Don't You Do Right" video and did spot the stick twirl by Louie. Imagine if he had dropped it and the director was told they would have to re-shoot because that young drummer messed up! And how interesting to see a bass sax in the section.

  • Alexander Cohen
    Alexander Cohen Christchurch, New Zealand
    You are wonderful Mrs. B and we are all the happier and lucky to have you at the wheel! Keep it coming. Thank you! Alex in New Zealand

    You are wonderful Mrs. B and we are all the happier and lucky to have you at the wheel! Keep it coming. Thank you! Alex in New Zealand

  • Tristan Imboden
    Tristan Imboden Cardiff by the Sea, Ca.
    Thank you Mrs. B for keeping me in the loop1 Please be careful and stay healthy in these most unusual times. Louie remains to be without a doubt one of the most gifted, inspired, and inspiring musicians I've ever heard. He also was one of the finest humans I've ever had the privilege of knowing..

    Thank you Mrs. B for keeping me in the loop1 Please be careful and stay healthy in these most unusual times. Louie remains to be without a doubt one of the most gifted, inspired, and inspiring musicians I've ever heard. He also was one of the finest humans I've ever had the privilege of knowing..

  • Bev
    Bev Palo Alto
    Please stay healthy, Mrs. B. You bring us so much pleasure with the posts.

    Please stay healthy, Mrs. B. You bring us so much pleasure with the posts.

  • Ross Moe
    Ross Moe Auburn, N.Y.
    Dear Mrs B., thanks for the videos. Louie has always been one of my favorite drummers. I feel fortunate that I got to see him at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. many years ago. It's a night I'll never forget. I hope you and yours are feeling well, and thank you again. Ross Moe

    Dear Mrs B., thanks for the videos. Louie has always been one of my favorite drummers. I feel fortunate that I got to see him at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. many years ago. It's a night I'll never forget. I hope you and yours are feeling well, and thank you again. Ross Moe

  • Monk Rowe
    Monk Rowe Hamilton College, Clinton NY
    Dear Mrs. B, thanks for keeping the web site going and for your messages. Upbeat items are very scarce these days which makes the bit of sunshine you send all the more important. best wishes, Monk Rowe Fillius Jazz Archive

    Dear Mrs. B, thanks for keeping the web site going and for your messages. Upbeat items are very scarce these days which makes the bit of sunshine you send all the more important.
    best wishes,
    Monk Rowe
    Fillius Jazz Archive

  • Bobby Borg
    Bobby Borg Los Angeles
    Hanging inside listening to Count Basie Jams with Louie!

    Hanging inside listening to Count Basie Jams with Louie!

  • Keith Hines
    Keith Hines Kcsm
    Mrs. B you are the greatest and it's essential to Louis to enhance the legacy of this fantastic drummer! K Hines

    Mrs. B you are the greatest and it's essential to Louis to enhance the legacy of this fantastic drummer!

    K Hines

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