Signs to Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records
Wins two awards at first ever Grammys
Scores Billboard number one with "Open The Door, Richard"
Forms The Count Basie Orchestra
Lands first professional gig at Leroy's
Popular songs include "Love Me Or Leave Me" and "Li'l Darlin'".
Known for such albums as "The Complete Atomic Basie"
Basie's song, "One O'Clock Jump," was included by the National Recording Preservation Board in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry in 2005.
The Count Basie Orchestra continued to record and perform following Basie's death in 1984 and have received Grammy nominations for 1997's Live at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and 1999's Count Plays Duke
The street where Basie grew up in, Mechanic Street, has since been renamed Count Basie Way, while Red Bank's Count Basie Theatre was also named in his honor.