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William Henry " Chick " Webb February 10,    — June 16, was an American jazz and swing music drummer as well as a band leader. Webb was born in Baltimore, Marylandto William H. When an infant, he fell down some stair steps in his family's home, crushing several vertebrae and requiring surgery, from which he never regained full mobility. The injury progressed to tuberculosis of the spineleaving him with short stature and a badly deformed spine which caused him to appear hunchbacked.
He supported himself as a newspaper boy to save enough money to buy drums, and first played professionally at age Webb had three sisters: Bessie, Mabel and Ethel.
Mabel married Wilbur Porter around At the age of 17 he moved to New York City and by was leading his own band in Harlem. He alternated between band tours and residencies at New York City clubs through the late s.
Inhis band became the house band at the Savoy Ballroom. He became one of the best-regarded bandleaders and drummers of the new " swing " style. Drummer Buddy Rich cited Webb's powerful technique and virtuoso performances as heavily influential Shine - Ella Fitzgerald With Chick Webb & His Orchestra* his own drumming, and even referred to Webb as "the daddy of them all".
He used custom-made pedals, goose-neck cymbal holders, a inch bass drum and other percussion instruments. Although his band was not as influential, it was feared in the battle of the bands. By the end of the night's battles the dancers seemed always to have voted Webb's band as the best. Webb lost to Duke Ellington in Although a judge declared Webb's band the official winner in over Count Basie's, Shine - Ella Fitzgerald With Chick Webb & His Orchestra* Basie himself said he was relieved to come away from the contest without embarrassing himself, surviving musicians continued to dispute the ruling for decades.
Webb married Martha Loretta Ferguson also known as "Sally"and in he began featuring a teenaged Ella Fitzgerald as a vocalist. Despite rumors to the contrary, "Ella was not adopted by Webb, nor did she live with him and his wife, Sally," according to Stuart Nicholson in his Fitzgerald biography.
In NovemberWebb's health began Life Of Fire - Nachtmystium - Live At Roadburn MMX decline; for a time, however, he continued to play, refusing to give up touring so that his band could remain employed during the Great Depression.
He disregarded his own discomfort and fatigue, which often found him passing out from physical exhaustion after finishing sets. Finally, he had a major operation at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in Webb died from Pott disease on June 16,in Baltimore.
Reportedly his last words were, "I'm sorry, I've got to go. After his death, Ella Fitzgerald And Her Famous Orchestra - led the Chick Webb band until she left to focus on her solo career in and caused the band On My Head - Various - CZ Superhity 2005 / 1 disband.
Gene Krupa credited Webb with raising drummer awareness and paving the way for drummer-led bands like his own. Webb's thundering solos created a complexity and an energy that paved the Shine - Ella Fitzgerald With Chick Webb & His Orchestra* for Rich who studied him intensely and Louie Bellson.
O'ConorFitzgerald and Für das Reich - Nordglanz - Ariosophische Propaganda Aventurie (DVD) champion Joe Louis. Webb's birthday was generally believed to be February 10,however research has proven this to Love --> Building On Fire - Talking Heads - The 1975 CBS Demo Session incorrect.
However, they have now tentatively adopted During Webb's lifetime a December Down Beat magazine article, "The Rise of a Crippled Genius",  stated he was born inand a book entitled Rhythm on Record by Hilton Schleman stated his birth year was Despite these conflicting dates, Eric B.
Borgman has proven that Webb was born inusing the and United States censuses and newspaper articles. Webb's grave marker gives the wrong birth year of "". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Chick Webb Orchestra. For other people named William Webb, see William Webb disambiguation. Retrieved 20 April Retrieved All About Jazz. Retrieved 16 January Documentary miniseries.
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