The King of Swing and His Band: 1934-1939

The King of Swing and His Band: 1934-1939

by Benny Goodman



These days, jazz snobs have a vehement hatred of popular culture in general -- as they see it, No Doubt, DMX, Everclear, Mary J. Blige, and the Strokes are equally devoid of value (assuming they even know who those artists are). The amusing thing about that myopic view of popular music is that jazz was very much a part of pop culture in the '30s and early to mid-'40s. Back then, swing was what Motown Records called itself in the '60s and hip-hop, urban contemporary, and alternative rock are in the 21st century: the sound of young America. Focusing on Benny Goodman's more essential recordings of the '30s, this excellent collection takes listeners back to a time when the clarinetist/bandleader was a swing superstar and connected with popular culture in a major way. If Motown, Stax, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan provided the soundtrack of the baby boomers' lives, the swing gems on this CD were no less meaningful to members of the WWII generation -- people who are old enough to remember that era will remember a time when "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Sing, Sing, Sing," "Don't Be That Way" and other hits were played to death on the radio. Not that one has to be 70 or older to appreciate Goodman's legacy -- there is no reason why someone who is 25 or 30 shouldn't discover and savor these recordings. In fact, this 67-minute disc is perfect for novices because it emphasizes his well-known hits rather than getting more esoteric. The King of Swing and His Band: 1934-1939 is hardly the last word on Goodman in the '30s, but it's still a fine place to start if one needs a quick, concise introduction to his big-band output from that period.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2003
Label: Jazz Legends
UPC: 0723724522022
catalogNumber: 1002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Goodman   Primary Artist,Clarinet
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Charlie Christian   Guitar
Harry James   Trumpet
Gene Krupa   Drums
Claude Thornhill   Piano
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Pee Wee Erwin   Trumpet
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Helen Ward   Vocals
George Van Eps   Guitar
Frank Froeba   Piano
Red Ballard   Trombone
Bus Bassey   Tenor Saxophone
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Vernon Brown   Trombone
Russ Case   Trumpet
Buff Estes   Alto Saxophone
Nick Fatool   Drums
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Harry Geller   Trumpet
Harry Goodman   Bass
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Jerry Jerome   Tenor Saxophone
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Manny Klein   Trumpet
George Koenig   Alto Saxophone
Jack Lacey   Trombone
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Ralph Muzillo   Trumpet
Jerry Neary   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Jess Stacy   Piano
Ted Vesely   Trombone
Hank Wayland   Bass
Sam Weiss   Drums
Bill DePew   Alto Saxophone
Sammy Shapiro   Trumpet
Joe Harris   Trombone
Dick Clark   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
King Oliver   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Mary Lou Williams   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jack Pettis   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Fannie Baldridge   Composer
Joseph Bonine   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Gregory Stone   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
Matty Malneck   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
King Zany   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer

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