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The King of Swing (Remastered)

Benny Goodman

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Album Review

Benny Goodman's The King of Swing is part of RCA's mid-line series Bluebird's Best. This is a solid collection of original hits Goodman recorded for Bluebird in the mid- to late '30s. While there aren't any surprises here, the disc contains well-known hits such as the Gene Krupa/Benny Goodman tour de force "Sing, Sing, Sing." Unfortunately, the liner notes do not contain a complete personnel listing, but do include exact recording dates, soloists, and arrangers, including Helen Ward, Harry James, Mary Lou Williams, Bunny Berigan, and Krupa. The King of Swing is a perfect introduction to Benny Goodman from the prime era of the big bands.

Biography

Born: 30 May 1909 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Benny Goodman was the first celebrated bandleader of the Swing Era, dubbed "The King of Swing," his popular emergence marking the beginning of the era. He was an accomplished clarinetist whose distinctive playing gave an identity both to his big band and to the smaller units he led simultaneously. The most popular...
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