Drummer Louis Bellson Lighting Pearl Bailey

Drummer Louis Bellson Lighting Pearl Bailey's Cigarette

Drummer Louis Bellson Lighting Pearl Bailey’s Cigarette London 1952

17 Nov 1952, London, England — 11/17/1952-London, England- Louis Bellson, Jr., gives his fiancee Pearl Bailey a light shortly after his arrival in London Nov. 16, by airliner. Bellson, drummer in Duke Ellington’s band, crossed the ocean to marry the famous singer in England, where she is filling a nightclub engagement. Bellson’s divorced parents are divided in opinion on the proposed marriage of the drummer to the Negro singer. His father objects, and his mother says it is “perfectly all right with her.”

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