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Chick Webb

William Henry Webb, known as Chick Webb born in Baltimore, Maryland (February 10, 1905 – June 16, 1939) was a jazz and swing music drummer as well as a band leader. Of note, Chick’s Orchestra became the house band at the Savoy Ballroom in 1931. The Savoy often featured “The Battle of the Bands” where Webb’s band would go up against the Benny Goodman and Count Basie Orchestra’s and by the end of the night usually Webb’s group would be the favorite. As a result Chick Webb was named the first “King of Swing”. Chick Webb’s style influenced many drummers to come including Buddy Rich. A little trivia: Webb’s style was so explosive that they would have to nail his bass drum to the stage floor to keep in place. Happy Birthday to one of the greatest drummers…Chick Webb!!





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