Chet Baker

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Chesney Henry Baker Jr. (December 23, 1929 – May 13, 1988) was an American jazz trumpeter, pianist and singer. He was born in Yale, Oklahoma. He was known for his albums Chet Baker Sings and It Could Happen to You. He was also known for his drug problems. Baker was in and out of jail before enjoying a career surge in the late 1970s and '80s.[1]

Baker died after falling off a balcony from his Amsterdam apartment on May 13, 1988 while under the influence of heroin and cocaine at the age of 58.[2]

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  1. Leland, John (5 October 2004), Hip: The History, HarperCollins, pp. 265–, ISBN 978-0-06-052817-1, retrieved 13 November 2015
  2. Pareles, Jon (May 14, 1988). "Chet Baker, Jazz Trumpeter, Dies at 59 in a Fall". NYTimes.com. Retrieved March 25, 2016.

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