Herbie Hancock, pianist
birth name: Herbert Jeffrey Hancock

Herbie Hancock

April 12, 1940, Chicago, IL

Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while still maintaining his unique, unmistakable voice. Herbie's success at expanding the possibilities of musical thought has placed him in the annals of this century's visionaries. With an illustrious career spanning five decades, he continues to amaze audiences and never ceases to expand the public's vision of what music, particularly jazz, is all about today. ~ All about Jazz: Herbie Hancock ~ retrieved April 12, 2014 © All About Jazz

He is as much at home trading riffs with a smoking funk band as he is communing with a world-class post-bop rhythm section - and that drives purists on both sides of the fence up the wall. ~ Allmusic: Herbie Hancock ~ retrieved April 12, 2014 © Allmusic

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April 12, 1980 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) The Spinners, Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl ~ #2 (3) Blondie, Call Me ~ #1 (1) Pink Floyd, Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)


Herbie Hancock ~ Voted into the 2005 Downbeat Jazz Hall Of Fame (Readers Poll).

Herbie Hancock ~ Rockit (Laswell/Hancock/Beinhorn) ~ Ranked #340 RIAA Top 365 Songs Of The Century in 2001.

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Marvin Gaye ~ Let's Get It On (1973) ~ Ranked #165 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ It’s some of the most gorgeous music he ever made, resplendent with sweet strings and his clear-throated crooning. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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