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January 09, 2015
Please accept my sincere condolences and sincere prayers that go out to the surviving family and friends. May the God of comfort continue to bless you and yours especially after such an untimely loss of a very precious life please accept my deepest sympathies. (2 Cor. 1:2, 3).
September 12, 2014
always my inspiration David Casmaer
December 18, 2013
June 07, 2013
One of the Greats!
October 14, 2012
We will always love you Louie and your beautiful wife Pearl Bailey. God Bless the both of you. Forever in our prayers. Amen.
January 23, 2012
I shall miss not seeing you 'in action' - what a treat! Thank you, Louie, for all you have done for us; your recordings and writings will keep the world tapping and smiling for centuries to come. You and your music have enriched my life.
April 13, 2011
I've followed his career for a long time,also his late wife Pearl Bailey) I loved his Skin Deep. I had a chance to see him in person, when he came to Flint, Mi., a long time ago. Like Duke Ellington said, I also think he was the :greatest.
April 03, 2010
For Louie...a master musician who performed with such greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and his late wife, Pearl Baile.


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.

© Joe Fazio
~ /Joe Fazio,
Beverly Hills, California
December 11, 2009
I was a freshman at UOP in Stockton and was playing viola in the Stockton Symphony when Louie and Pearl came and performed with us '79 or '80. I'm now the director of a Creative Arts School in Fresno. I love telling the story of how Louie directed from the center of the orchestra and Pearl chatted with me about college. They were an inspiration to me.
September 06, 2009
What a loss to everyone who enjoyed a drummer musician as Louie Bellson was.

My older son Rick was watching the new Beatles play and my then twelve year old son was glued to the tv monitor.

Asked my son if he would like to learn to play the drums, and he only shrugged his shoulders.

The very next day, I went to the music shop and bought him a brand new three piece drum set. I never had such a headache as I had all that evening.

However, now an adult and a professional drummer, his entire life revolves around his drums and music. He owned every instrument that I had bought for him, as he was growing up.

Music is his life, and how he would have loved to have met, or even seen, Louie Bellson play his drums!

He was a happy man, in in TUNE with happiness.

God Bless his memory
March 06, 2009
Louie Bellson will go down in history as being one of the finest drummers that GOD created. First and foremost a true gentleman who always always had a kind word to say to everyone he came in contact with. His drumming was superb in every sense of the word. Ask any musician who had the honor to work with Louie Bellson and they will express their upmost respect for this percusssion giant. If you combine god given talents that Louie had and wonderful personality that he exemplified you have the result of a fine fine musician. Louie Bellson will always remain in our hearts and his recordings and drum solos will remain a definite mark in jazz big bands small groups. We miss you Louie Bellson we will always love you Louie .
March 04, 2009
I will miss Louie because of his great talents and because he was a good person. I met Louie when I was younger and working at Disneyland. His band came through every year and he was always open to talking and very approachable. He and his wife, Pearl Baily, were so nice to me everytime I saw him. I hope you are in heaven doing a double bass drum solo! God Bless Louie Bellson! A great talent and man!
March 03, 2009
We lost the earthquake of drummers. One of a kind.

Louie Agostini
Erie, PA
February 28, 2009
i love louie since i was 11 years old and i will always miss him. i know he is with god. what a amazing person. dave norwoods
February 24, 2009
What can I say that hasn't already been said?...Louie was more inspirational to me than ANY other drummer ...I had the pleasure of talking to him on more than one occassion and always walked away feeling good, he had that effect on people...a quiet gentle soul who shared his passion for music and let it speak for itself...sometimes with a whisper and at other times a thunderous will be missed and never forgotten...God's speed Louie......
February 23, 2009
My sincere condolences to the Bellson family. When we lost Louie, we lost not only a fantastic drummer, but an angel of a man. Louie almost single-handedly defeated the stereotype of the ego-addled successful musician. How? With sincerity and kindness. RIP, Mr. Bellson.
February 23, 2009
What an inspiration to the art of drumming! Passion to the max. Adopting Louie as a mentor, my drumming collegue and I used to attend his gigs at Donte's jazz club in North Hollywood in the late 60's and personally had a couple of aquaintances that worked with his band in the trumpet section. Never will we forget his legacy. He has returned home to be forever in God's presence with an earthly mission accomplished. An incredible testimony of God given talent to this world. Well done Louis......
February 22, 2009
A titanic musician and a true gentleman. One of the last of the era, and will be sorely missed.
February 22, 2009
a drumming legend.
a musical ambassador.
a gentleman,and a family man.
God bless,rest in peace.
someday we will all be reunited in a better place.
Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
February 21, 2009
i just happened upon this website and i just want to leave a message. i will truly miss louie bellson. he was a great, a fantastic musician. he will be truly missed
February 21, 2009
We'll all miss one of the true gentlemen of music...I'm better for having had his influences.
God Bless Louie.
February 21, 2009
LB is unquestionably one of the world's most cherished drumming heroes.
A brilliant musician and a true gentleman who dedicated his life to perfoming and music education. Louie exemplified class and dignity right up to his very last days.
We'll always be touched by Louie's contributions and we'll fondly remember his life....A man who inspired so many others.
February 21, 2009
Dear Bellson Family, We are all touched by the musical contribution of Mr. Bellson over the years, and we are touched now by his passing. We offer these words of comfort found in God's Word "Do not marvel at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out......" So sorry for your loss.
February 21, 2009
Bellson Family:

I am sorry for your loss, may the God of all comfort and tender mercies be with you in your time of deep sorrow. 2Corinthians 1:3 and 4
February 21, 2009
A great man will be missed, but GOD has a better plan for him to join the marching band on his golden street of glory. May the family find peace, love and strength and trust in the Lord.
February 20, 2009
I remember watching you play the Great New York State Fair with Count Basie back in 1960, I think. I was ten years old at the time.

You were the reason I started playing the drums and I never had a chance to say "thank you" !

May God open up his arms, lead you into his Kingdom and have the finest drum set for you to play ! God bless and RIP !

Tommy "Thunder" Henry
February 20, 2009
Mr. Bellson was a rare gentleman. I remember when he was staying at a hotel where I worked when he was performing at the Circle Star Theater in San Carlos, CA. This was in 1976. While he was lounging by the pool we talked quite a while and I was amazed that he would take time to talk with a college kid. I have often reflected on that conversation and appreciated the words he spoke to me. My family's condolences to the Bellson family. The world has lost someone special.
February 20, 2009
Aw, man - This guy was recognized by all the players as the greatest. Not just as a drummer and bandleader, but as a fine person. We'll all miss him along with his family. I had the distinct privilege of playing trumpet with him for Tony Bennett a couple times, and it was a gas. RIP Louie.
February 20, 2009
May you rest in peace Louie. I personally got my style of playing drums, after seeing and listening to you when I was 12 at your clinic. I was hooked on your genuine style.
I must thank you for sharring your style with the sticks.. as it worked out very well for me. God Bless Louie you were a pioneer in many ways and you are a tribute to all drummers and musicians worldwide.
February 20, 2009
May the comforting thought from the Bible book of Revelation, the 21st chapter, verse 4 be of comfort to you. It reads: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” I offer my sincere condolences to you all.
February 20, 2009
Rest in Peace. I enjoyed you Louis & Pearl on TV in the 50's & 60's. He had a long & wonderful career.
February 20, 2009
One of the last true icons has left for a better place.
RIP Louie
February 19, 2009
Great musician, RIP.
February 19, 2009
My sympathy for the passing of a dear friend that I knew going back to the late 40's and 50's. I will miss his great smile and his wonderful music. May he rest in peace.
February 19, 2009
I am so sorry to hear of Louie Bellson's passing. May you find comfort in Gods promise to bring an end to death forever.
Rev 21:4
February 19, 2009
He will be missed like Paul Desmond and he will be in Jazz Heaven God Bless you Louie
February 19, 2009
Rest in peace Louie,you were the greatest.
February 19, 2009
What a great guy. I met him when I was about 16 at Disneyland. Took me under his wing for the evening as a special guest at his show later that day. He was so very kind to my family and I. The world has lost a great guy and drummers have lost a great leader.
February 18, 2009
I will miss not seeing him . He was a great influence in the family and a priviledge to have known him. He was one of the greats.

grandson of Fred Hoey
February 18, 2009
thank you for being a part of my life i will never forget when pearl and you would ride the train across the country and you both were so nice to all i sincerly hope that there are trains in heaven to get u and pearl around save a spot on that train for me
February 18, 2009
I am sorry for your loss, the world's loss. He was a great artist that I wish all young drumers would check out. A drummers drummer. I remember him coming to Cocoa Beach semi regularly during the 70's and he would always sit in or be featured with Ray Terry at Wolfe's Hotel and Lounge. I was able to hang out with him on a few of those occasions. A great individual and gentleman.

Doug Grover
February 18, 2009
I used to go with my long-haired teenage drummer friends every year to Disneyland to watch Louie play at the Carnation Square. We would be in attendence for every set he played and would go on rides in between sets. We were like his "drum groupies." He would smile and wink at us right after he performed an especially difficult lick, roll, etc.
We were all mourning his loss yesterday, as we sent emails around to each other reminincing about those grand summer days we spent with Louie in our youth.

Thanks for the great memories, Louie. I will never forget those summer days we shared with you at Disneyland. You are the best.
February 18, 2009
Words can not express how incredibly sad we are for your loss. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
February 18, 2009
I was saddened to hear of his passing. I grew up with 3 drummers and knew of his music. I inherited a drum set just like he described, basic. He's right its all you need. May God bless you during this time. My prayers are with family.
February 18, 2009
Hi Dee Dee,i just heard from barbara and i am sad..i always tell the story about Star tours and how your dad played disney land like a hundred times and never went on a ride..i was proud he did it with me..i love you Bellisony

February 18, 2009
To Dee Dee, beloved daughter of Louie and Pearl:
May your father's music continue to beat in your heart, my dear friend.
February 18, 2009
February 18, 2009
What a sad day for Jazz and for music in general.
As one who has seen many drummers with the double bass drum set-up, I was unaware that Louis pioneered this configuration.
Ginger Baker, Chester Thompson, and Billy Cobham are three drummers I have seen play live using the double bass drums.
My only witness to Mr. Bellson's prowess were the few times I saw him sit in with the band on the "Tonight Show".
Ed Shaughnessy, the regular drummer, would simply stand down and watch as Louis would just astound and amaze those watching.
Along with Buddy Rich, and Gene Krupa, I always considered Louis part of a trifecta that represented the best in Big Band drummers.
Play on, brother, for all eternity.
February 18, 2009
February 18, 2009
Bellson family,

You have my sincere sympathy on the loss of your loved one. Louie Bellson was a great entertainer and his music will be listened to time and again. He lived a long life which is called "special mightiness" in the scriptures at Psalms 90:10. God's promise of a resurrection for all those in the memorial tombs at John 5:28 brings us comfort and gives us hope.
February 18, 2009
Rest in peace with eternal beat.
February 18, 2009
A life well-lived.
February 18, 2009
Rest in Peace Louie.
February 18, 2009
As the heart of Jazz beats out a loving requiem we grieve the passing of a master. May God hold you in his hands with the gentle finesse of the most hushed ballad. We celebrate your passing on to the heavenly bandstand to greet your friends who have gone before.
February 17, 2009
A magnificient percussionist. He will live on in his music forever. John, Charlotte NC
February 17, 2009
February 17, 2009
My deepest sympathy to the Bellson family for the loss of Louie. He was a master at his craft and a kind, warm and giving human being. I loved his music, his playing style, and his many innovations to the art of drumming. Thunderbird is still my favorite album of his. The world is a poorer place since his passing.
February 17, 2009
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
February 17, 2009
My deepest sympathy for your loss. My mother Regina and Louie I believe had the same grandmother " Reginalda Bellasoni". I never met Louie, but enjoyed his music. He was a true master!
February 17, 2009
To the family of an American Icon,a man we loved his music and t a great spirit. we will miss you but heaven is happy and so will Pearl be to see you again.we love you Elaine Hasan,A fan in Cincinnati ,Oh
February 17, 2009
I am very sorry for your loss may you take comfort in the holy writings by reading 5:28,29
February 17, 2009
a master has passed:RIP
February 17, 2009
To Francine and family: my deepest condolences to you all. Louie as I've heard of him, was the great talent performer, greatest drummer, and great person with beautiful heart! May God Bless you all. Rest in Peace, Louie, you deserve it!!
February 17, 2009
I recall his wonderful band directing on the Pearl Bailey Show in the 70"s , what a band leader he was. A true American jewel, may you rest in peace.
February 17, 2009
One of the Masters has passed on to the great gig in the sky. On my 14th birthday I received my long awaited set of drums and a copy of Louie's video "The Musical Drummer". Life has never been the same since. Thanks for all the music, kindness and memories, Louie.
February 17, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
February 17, 2009
One of the rare few drummers who could go toe to toe with Buddy and not get dusted....He was an American original and made the drums a "musical" instrument....
God Bless Ya Louie!
February 17, 2009
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
February 17, 2009
February 17, 2009
February 17, 2009
Thanks for the drums!
Yours truly,
February 17, 2009
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
February 17, 2009
What talent! What feel! What a beat!

What a wonderful person!

February 17, 2009
February 17, 2009
"The day the music died". All musicians are special, but drummers don't miss a beat. In heaven, he will rest.
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