William Basie was born to Harvey Lee and Lillian Basie in Red Bank, New Jersey . [2] [3] His father worked as a coachman and caretaker for a wealthy judge. After automobiles replaced horses, his father became a groundskeeper and handyman for several wealthy families in the area. [4] Both of his parents had some type of musical background. His father played the mellophone , and his mother played the piano; in fact, she gave Basie his first piano lessons. She took in laundry and baked cakes for sale for a living. She paid 25 cents a lesson for piano instruction for him. [5] [6]

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