The Poetic Thoughts and Verses of Louie Bellson

Featuring the thoughts, insights and musings of Louie Bellson.

Considered one of the greatest drummers of all time, Louie Bellson had a little-known passion for writing poetry. Drummer/educator/author Dave Black, a longtime friend of Louie’s, was shown this poetry on a visit to Louie’s home, and compiled/edited the work into this book.

Hudson Music is proud to bring you the thoughts, insights and musings of Louie Bellson, a man universally loved as a gentle and kind soul—as well as a towering figure in the world of drumming for his work as a leader, composer, author, and sideman (Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Harry James, and many more).

Featuring 58 poems, with Louie’s original artwork on the cover and a reproduction of three poems in Louie’s own hand, you will treasure this collection of verses on love, life, time, and more from one of the 20th century’s great musicians.

“Louie was like a second father to me,” said Dave Black. “He was not only one of the greatest drummers of all time, but one of the greatest humanitarians as well.  The thoughts and verses contained in this book really show the depth of his soul and his love for humankind. He made the world a better place on many different levels, and I’m grateful to Hudson Music for making this beautiful collection available for the rest of the world to enjoy.”




  • Dave Black
  • Louie Bellson


  • Drums


  • Spoken Word
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