African Americans on Postage Stamps

Count Basie

Pianist and Band Leader

32-cent Count Basie stamp
The Count Bassie stamp was issued September 11, 1996.

“So I decided that I would be one of the biggest new names; and I actually had some little fancy business cards printed up to announce it, 'Count Basie. Beware, the Count is Here.'”
—Count Basie

Born William Basie in 1904, “The Count” was a renowned jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer. His band included some of the greatest musicians of all time. He brought the improvisational sound of jazz into the swing era of the late 1930s and 1940s.

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