Chet Baker Biography
Birthday: December 23, 1929 (Capricorn)
Born In: Yale, Oklahoma, United States
Chesney Henry Baker Jr. was an American singer and jazz trumpeter who rose to fame with his classic song ‘My Funny Valentine.’ Chet started his career in his 40s and made a mark immediately after joining ‘Gerry Mulligan Quarter’ in 1952. He released many jazz numbers, such as ‘Walkin’ Shoes,’ Bernie’s Tune,’ and ‘My Funny Valentine’ with Gerry. In the same year, he also had an opportunity to play with Charlie Parker. All through the 50s, Chet produced albums, such as ‘It Could Happen to You’ and ‘Chet Baker Sings.’ As much as he was loved and admired for his talent, his addiction to heroin was also not hidden from anyone. His drug addiction almost destroyed his career and ultimately killed him. He was arrested several times for drug-related offences. He even pawned his music instruments and took a lot of beating by a mob, before deciding to take control of his life and returning to music around the 70s. After his comeback, he created a lot of meaningful music. He died on May 13, 1988, of an apparent fall from the window of his hotel room in Amsterdam.