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Count Basie and the Singers

This week, our spotlight is on just a few of the many singers who sang with Count Basie, including Jimmy Rushing, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, and more.

Joe Williams was Count Basie's main singer for most of the 1950s, after the band reunited.

For nearly 50 years, Count Basie led one of the swingin-est big bands in the land. This week on the show, we’ll be featuring just a few of the many, many singers who sang with The Count. We’ll focus in a particular on the first 30 years of Basie’s band, around 1935 to 1965, hearing from such vocalists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Humes, Joe Williams, and more.

Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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