Pearl Bailey & husband jazz drummer Louis Bellson were married 38 years (1952 until her death in 1990). Reportedly fell in love while sharing a cab. She was a Republican; he was six years younger than she.
Louie Bellson, regarded by many as one of the greatest drummers of his era. He worked with such legends as Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Duke Ellington during a career of more than 60 years. All the hardware on his drums were gold plated.