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Tag Archives: Benny Goodman

The first thought that comes to mind when I think of both Ella Fitzgerald and Carol Burnett is, “It doesn’t get any better.” These were two women who were at the absolute top of their fields of entertainment. If I want to swing and listen to music that I know will make me happy and […]

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One William James Basie was born on this day in Red Bank, New Jersey, in the year 1904. He would go on to become one of the greatest, most influential and swinging-ist cats in the history of American Jazz and Swing music. As a young boy (six or seven years of age), I inherited a […]

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Today marks the 100th birthday of  David Daniel Kaminsky, better known to you and me as Danny Kaye. He was one of the most popular film comedians of the 1940s starring in a string of popular films with Virginia Mayo. I was never a huge fan of Danny Kaye’s, which is not to say I […]

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