Jazz pianist Thelonious Monk
Pianist ~ Composer
birth name: Thelonious Sphere Monk

Thelonious Monk

October 10, 1917, Rocky Mount, NC ~ February 17, 1982, Weehawken, NJ

“Be-bop wasn't developed in any deliberate way.” ~ Thelonious Monk

The most important jazz musicians are the ones who are successful in creating their own original world of music with its own rules, logic, and surprises. Thelonious Monk, who was criticized by observers who failed to listen to his music on its own terms, suffered through a decade of neglect before he was suddenly acclaimed as a genius; his music had not changed one bit in the interim. In fact, one of the more remarkable aspects of Monk's music was that it was fully formed by 1947 and he saw no need to alter his playing or compositional style in the slightest during the next 25 years. ~ Allmusic: Thelonious Monk ~ retrieved October 10, 2013 © Allmusic

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October 10, 1981 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stop Draggin' My Heart Around ~ #2 (2) Christopher Cross, Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) ~ #1 (1) Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, Endless Love


Monk took up piano at the age nine, and by thirteen he was barred from entering the Apollo Theatre’s amateur night competition because he had won it so many times. ~ Bop Piano: Thelonious Monk ~ December 31, 2012 © Bop Piano

Thelonious Monk ~ Awarded a 1993 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thelonious Monk ~ Brilliant Corners (1957) ~ Named one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in 2008.

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