Drummer, bandleader, composer Louie Bellson died on February 14, 2009.
Louis Bellson is the epitome of what Paul Gonsalves means when he says, "He's a beautiful cat, man!" For in spite of his outrageous beauty, Louis Bellson is truly a beautiful person. With never a thought about getting even or getting the better of any man, he has the soul of a saint. There is nothing too good for someone he likes, and I don't know anybody he doesn't like, or anybody who doesn't like him.Louie Bellson Dies at 84 (All About Jazz)
Duke Ellington, Music Is My Mistress (New York: Doubleday, 1973), 226
Louie Bellson (Official website)
"Skin Deep" (Nat King Cole Show,1957)