Photo:William P. Gottlieb.
|Birth name||William Wells|
|Also known as||Dickie Wells|
|Born||c.June 10, 1907|
|Died||November 12, 1985(aged 78)|
|Associated acts||Count Basie, Bill Coleman|
In his later years, Wells suffered a severe beating that affected his memory, but he recovered and continued to perform. He played frequently at the West End jazz club at 116th and Broadway, most often with a band called The Countsmen, led by alto saxophonist Earle Warren, his colleague from Count Basie days. A trademark was Wells's "pepper pot" mute which he made himself.
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With Count Basie
- The Original American Decca Recordings (GRP, 1937-39 )
- Goin' to Kansas City (Riverside, 1960)
With Dizzy Gillespie
- The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Bluebird, 1937-1949, )
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