The Birth of Swing

The Birth of Swing

by Benny Goodman


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Even if Benny Goodman really wasn't the King of Swing, he still had one swinging band. During the early days of his reign as the most commercially popular big band leader, Goodman stocked his ensemble with exciting soloists and horn sections that breathed as one. And he had charts from some of the best arrangers in the business, including Fletcher Henderson, one of the initial architects of the big band sound in the early 1930s. THE BIRTH OF SWING captures Goodman's band in its full flush of glory. The leader's spectacularly assured clarinet playing takes center stage, but gifted instrumentalists like drummer Gene Krupa, trumpeters Bunny Berigan and Ziggy Ellman, and pianist Jess Stacy were no slouches either. Signature swingers "Sometimes I'm Happy," "King Porter Stomp," and "Stompin at the Savoy" still sound as vibrant as ever, while the band's gorgeous closing number, "Goodbye," can bring a tear to the eye of listeners with even half a heart.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/1991
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078636103822
catalogNumber: 61038

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Leader,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Gene Krupa   Drums
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Pee Wee Erwin   Trumpet
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Helen Ward   Vocals
George Van Eps   Guitar
Red Ballard   Trombone
Harry Geller   Trumpet
Harry Goodman   Bass
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Jack Lacey   Trombone
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Ralph Muzillo   Trumpet
Jerry Neary   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Art Rolline   Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Jess Stacy   Piano
Sterling Bose   Trumpet
Bill DePew   Alto Saxophone
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Richard Clark   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Harris   Trombone,Vocals
Buddy Clark   Vocals

Technical Credits

Benny Goodman   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
Loren Schoenberg   Liner Notes
Horace Henderson   Arranger
Deane Kincaide   Arranger
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger,Composer
Edgar Sampson   Arranger
Jack Pettis   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Steve Backer   Executive Producer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger
Arthur Freed   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Reissue Producer
Spud Murphy   Arranger
Thomas Newman   Composer
David Rose   Arranger
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
William Miller   Composer
Jacqueline Murphy   Art Direction
Erick Labson   Engineer
Henri Woode   Arranger
George Simon   Liner Notes
Bill Miller   Arranger
King Zany   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer

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