Chet Baker, Trumpet player and singer
His father introduced him to brass instruments with a trombone, which was replaced with a trumpet when the trombone proved too large. From 1978 until his death in 1988, Baker resided and played almost exclusively in Europe, returning to the USA roughly once per year for a few performance dates. At about 3 am on May 13, 1988, Baker was found dead on Prins Hendrikkade, near Zeedijk, on the street below his second-story room (Room 210) of Hotel Prins Hendrik in Amsterdam, with serious wounds to his head. Heroin and cocaine were found in his hotel room, and an autopsy also found these drugs in his body. There was no evidence of a struggle, and the death was ruled an accident. Baker's body was brought home for interment in the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California, USA.(Wikipedia) A plaque outside the Hotel Prins Hendrik now memorializes him: “Trumpet player and singer Chet Baker. Died here on May 13th 1988. He will live on in his music for anyone willing to listen and feel”. (left on the picture: Zeedijk)
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