MORRISON, Colo. (CBS4) –The Colorado Music Hall of Fame was visited by its oldest living inductee on Saturday. The museum calls Red Rocks Amphitheater home.
Charles Burrell turns 101 years old on Monday.READ MORE: 911 Calls In Denver On Hold: 'It Was Frightening' Says Caller
As part of his birthday celebrated, his visit to the museum included a trip to the amphitheater where he performed as the first Black musician to be signed to a symphony orchestra.READ MORE: Construction At Arkins Promenade To Be Finished By The End Of 2021
As a musician trying to make an honest living, he used money he earned by painting and washing seat at Red Rocks Amphitheatre to pay his bills.
“This is definitely one of the benches. I think it still remembers me. We had quite an association,” Burrell said.MORE NEWS: 'Just Bad Training': Colorado Semi-Truck Driving Schools Noticing Lack Of Experience
Burrell performed alongside Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan.