On Veterans Day, we Honor a Veteran Bass Player: Peter “Chuck” Badie

Posted: November 11, 2013 in Music
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One of the first New Orleans musicians to use an electric bass is a war vet who was born May 17, 1925.

On Veterans Day, we would like to talk a bit about Peter “Chuck” Badie, a versatile jazz musician who made a name for himself playing with Roy Brow’s band, Lionel Hampton’s band and Sam Cooke. Badie was in the Navy from 1942 to 1945. When Lionel Hampton was looking for a bass player to go on tour with him, he asked Badie whether he could travel, to which Badie responded “well, could fish swim?”

War is not a pretty thing and I would be more than happy to learn that all of the young men and women who serve this country abroad are brought back home safe but we must honor those who have served and continue to serve in spite of our personal views on war.

Here’s a video of Badie’s old band playing live, the Lionel Hampton crew.

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