Chico Hamilton was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.
Born: September 20, 1921, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 25, 2013, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States.
Hamilton started his career in a band with Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso. Engagements with Lionel Hampton, Slim & Slam, T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnet, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan and six years with Lena Horne established his career.
Hamilton appeared in the film You’ll Never Get Rich (1941) as part of the backing group supporting Fred Astaire. He also performed on the soundtrack of the Bing Crosby and Bob Hope film Road to Bali.