Who was Toots Thielemans? Google Doodle celebrates the Belgian musician and composer – Home

THE ACCOMPLISHED MUSICIAN Toots Thielemans was widely recognized for his contributions to the jazz genre.

To celebrate Thielemans’ life and career, Google Doodles paid tribute to him for what would have been his 100th birthday.

Who was Toots Thielemans?

Born on April 29, 1922, much of Toots Thielemans’ early life was spent in Belgium.

The Belgian jazz professional was highly respected for his harmonica, guitar, and songwriting skills.

He moved to the United States in 1952 and joined Charlie Parker and his band, the All-Stars.

During this time, he also worked with such classic stars as Dinah Washington, Miles Davis, and Ella Fitzgerald.

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In 1961, Thielemans gained even more attention for his popular jazz standard, Bluesette, which featured his trademark whistling abilities.

He also worked several times with the famous music producer Quincy Jones.

Quincy often referred to him as “one of the greatest musicians of our time.”

The jazz musician also contributed to several movie soundtracks.

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His soundtrack credits include The Midnight Cowboy, The Getaway, The Sugarland Express and many others.

One of Thielemans’ most listened-to compositions is the harmonica-heavy ending theme from Sesame Street.

What was the cause of death of Toots Thielemans?

On August 22, 2016, news broke of Toots Thielemans’s death.

At the age of 94, the death of the jazz player was confirmed to the Belgian media by his agency.

His agency attributed his death to health complications suffered from a previous fall.

He was buried in his home country, Belgium.

Tributes to Toots Thieleman were led by Quincy Jones after the death of the renowned guitarist


What is a Google Doodle?

The first Google Doodle was designed by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and honored The Burning Man event in Nevada.

Later Doodles have been designed by other people and a specific team of people called Doodlers.

By 2019, the team had created over 4,000 Doodles for Google Home Pages around the world.

Google launches Doodles to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, or other notable events throughout history.

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Who was Toots Thielemans? Google Doodle celebrates the Belgian musician and composer – Home