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Bandleader Eddy Duchin fronted a pop-dance band in the '30s whose initial popularity ended at the end of that decade. Unlike Ellington, Basie, Fletcher Henderson, or Benny Goodman, Duchin was neither a brilliant arranger nor musician. He seemed content to play simple arrangements of contemporary pop tunes. This set showcases some of the least challenging swing music of the period, although it was never meant to do more than get people dancing, at which Duchin succeeded. This 16-track Columbia compilation includes "Night and Day," "Ol' Man Mose," "Jenny," and "Down Argentine Way."


Born: 01 April 1909 in Cambridge, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s

"Sweet" bands were often more pop than jazz, and Duchin's was no different. His band was hugely popular in the '30s, making not only lots of records but radio and film appearances. His career waned in the '40s due to a combination of military service and illness....
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