May 22, 1914 – May 30, 1993

Chet Baker sings and plays trumpet in a 1960 Italian film

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The 30-year old Chet Baker had a small role in the 1960 Italian film Uriatori Alla Sbarra (Howlers Of The Dock).

In this scene, Baker kisses a girl, sings the ballad “Arrivederci” while other couples frolic in a park, and takes a nice melodic trumpet solo to the accompaniment of an unseen string orchestra.

With his good looks, Baker could have been a movie star but his drug habits cut short that possibility.

Still, this scene hints at what could have been.

– Scott Yanow


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