By: Sarah Adams
Earl Kenneth Hines, also known as Earl "Fatha" Hines was a popular American bandleader and jazz pianist. Hines was born on December 28, 1903 in Duquesne, Pennsylvania. When Hines was only 17 years old, he moved away from home to play piano in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he made $15 a week. In 1923, as his career was advancing, he recorded with Gennett Records, which was a major record label during that time. In 1925, Hines moved to Chicago, Illinois where he joined a popular band as their piano player and ended up touring with them. Soon enough Earl's band became the most broadcasted band in America at that time. As his career continued, he recorded and played with artists like Cat Anderson, Harold Ashby, Barney Bigard, Lawrence Brown, Dave Brubeck, and many many more. Not only did Hines' get to collaborate with many other successful musicians in his lifetime, but he also got to travel all over the world to share his music. Hines died a successful musicicain who accomplished a lot during his life on April 22, 1983 at the age of 80.