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

ACCOMPLISHED musician Toots Thielemans has been widely acclaimed for his contributions to the jazz genre.

To celebrate Thielemans’ life and career, Google Doodles paid tribute to him on his 100th birthday.

Toots' Thielemans' version of the Sesame Street ending theme was in rotation for around 40 years

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Toots’ Thielemans’ version of the Sesame Street ending theme was in rotation for around 40 yearsPhoto credit: Getty

Who was Toots Thielemans?

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

The Belgian jazz professional was known for his harmonica, guitar and composition 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 classic stars like Dinah Washington, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald.

In 1961, Thielemans attracted even more attention for his popular jazz standard Bluesette, which showcased his signature whistling skills.

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 has also frequently contributed to film scores.

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

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

What was the cause of Toots Thielemans’ death?

Toots Thielemans’ death was announced on August 22, 2016.

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

His agency attributed his death to health complications caused by a previous fall.

He was buried in his native Belgium.

Tributes to Toots Thieleman were managed by Quincy Jones after the renowned guitarist passed away

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Tributes to Toots Thieleman were managed by Quincy Jones after the renowned guitarist passed away

What is a Google Doodle?

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

Subsequent Doodles were designed by other people and a specific team called the Doodlers.

By 2019, the team had created over 4,000 doodles for Google homepages around the world.

Google publishes Doodles to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, or important days throughout history.

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Bobby Allyn

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