The film Young Man with a Horn (1950) was based on Bix Beiderbecke starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, and Hoagy Carmichael. The trumpet overdubs in the film were recorded by the legendary Harry James.
It was not unusual to see Babe Ruth leaving the apartment Bix occupied in his final days as the Babe and Bix were good friends and heavy drinkers.
One night on Chicago’s South Side at a small club called the Plantation Inn, both Bix and Louie Armstrong were playing with their respective bands. As the evening progressed the concert turned into a battle of the bands. After the show one of the band members saw Louie weeping in the corner. When asked what was wrong Louis Armstrong replied, “I could never play as good as Bix.”
Bix once turned to a fellow musician and commented, “If you didn’t spend so much money on fancy clothes, you would have more money to buy gin.”
Final Resting Place:
Oakdale Memorial Gardens
2501 Eastern Avenue
Davenport, Iowa, 52803
Grave Location:Beiderbecke Family Plot, Section 17, Lot 60, Grave 1
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery off Eastern Avenue, drive past the administration building on your left and past the lake (also on your left). Straight ahead of you is Section 2 which is a perfect circle of graves. Stay to the left and drive exactly halfway around the circle. As you park Section 6 will be on your right and Section 17 will be on your left. The Beiderbecke Family Monument can easily be seen from the road in Section 17.