On This Day

Herbie Hancock

Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
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Profession: Musician and Composer

United States of America

Why Famous: Herbie Hancock was an instrumental part in the Miles Davis Quintet from 1964 to 1968. In this role he served as one of the primary founders of the post-bob jazz sound.

Hancock's 2007 album "River: The Joni Letters", conceived as a jazz tribute to Joni Mitchell, won the Grammy for Album of the Year, one of only two jazz albums to ever do so.

Born: April 12, 1940
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Age: 81 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Aries

Historical Events

  • 2007-09-25 Herbie Hancock releases "River: The Joni Letters" tribute to Joni Mitchell (2008 Grammy Album of the Year)
  • 2008-02-10 50th Grammy Awards: Amy Winehouse wins 5 awards including song "Rehab", Herbie Hancock wins Album of the Year