Lionel Hampton (Drummer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Lionel Hampton

Lionel Leo Hampton was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader. Hampton worked with jazz musicians from Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Quincy Jones. In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1996.

Birth name: Lionel Leo Hampton
Born: April 20, 1908, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Died: August 31, 2002, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City, New York
Genres: Swing, big band, mainstream jazz, blues
Occupation(s): Musician, composer
Instruments: Vibraphone
Years active: 1927–2002
Labels: Decca
Associated acts: Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Ray Vasquez, Quincy Jones, Louis Armstrong, Gloria Parker
IMDb: Lionel Hampton’s IMDb

About Lionel Hampton

Jazz vibraphonist, bandleader, composer, and educator who has played with artists like Charlie Parker. He was an Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame inductee in 1992.

Before Fame

He was a member of the Bud Billiken Club, which was the racially egalitarian version of the Boy Scouts of America. Jimmy Bertrand taught him how to play xylophone.


He was one of the first mainstream American vibraphone players but started off as a drummer.

Family Life

He married Gladys Neal Riddle on November 11, 1936. She worked as Hampton’s manager.


He collaborated with many artists, including Benny Goodman.

Information related to Lionel Hampton

  • Lionel Hampton at Drummersworld
  • Lionel Hampton Library Collection , part of the International Jazz Collections at the University of Idaho Library
  • Christopher Popa, “Lionel Hampton: Music Was His Fountain of Youth,” Big Band Library
  • Photos at
  • Lionel Hampton interview on BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs, September 17, 1983

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