Platinum Supporting Member
- Aug 6, 2008
- Reaction score
Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum
Thanks for that story, I hadn't heard about Gus getting sick and Sonny Payne filling in.As the story goes, Gus Johnson came down with appendicitis and had to be hospitalized. Basie needed a fill-in and Sonny Payne got the call. Payne was a hit with audiences who liked his flashy style and Basie decided to keep him on.
Harold was also Basie's favorite drummer. I went to hear the band in 1971 at a hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. I got there an hour early, and the doorman wouldn't let me go into the empty ballroom. Then Duffy and Chubby Jackson arrived. I had met Duffy a few years earlier and he recognized me, so he invited me to go in with him and his dad.My favorite Basie drummer. At one of the three Basie concerts I attended I was chatting with one of the trombone players during intermission and he said that sometimes he would get so absorbed by what Harold was doing that he would forget to come in when he was supposed to.
I took my latest Basie CD to that same concert and got some of the band to sign it during the intermission. That same trombone player took the CD back on stage and got the others to sign it too. Basie had since passed away and Frank Foster was the band leader at the time. He signed it "Bebopically, Frank Foster" which I though was so cool that I stole it and and added it the signature on my posts.