In 1989 he was elected to Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame by that magazine's Critics Poll. In 1956 Pacific Jazz released Chet Baker Sings a record that increased his profile but alienated traditional jazz fans; he would continue to sing throughout his career. Instead of rescuing him the people inside the car puChet Bakerd him back out onto the street where the chase by his attackers continued and subsequently he was beaten to the point that his teeth never in good condition to begin with were knocked out leaving him without the ability to play his horn.
(December 23 1929 – May 13 1988) was an American jazz trumpeter flugelhornist and vocalist. " His "well-publicized drug habit" also drove his notoriety and fame; Baker was in and out of jail regularly before enjoying a career resurgence in the late 1970s and '80s.