Monday, May 30, 2011

Benny from heaven

Good thing we have a glass of Memorial Day wine left because we almost forgot to raise a toast today to the King of Swing.  Benny Goodman, who brought jazz into our living room and taught us to appreciate the clarinet, was born on this day in 1909.

Check out today's Birthday Band:

Benny Goodman (1909-86): Bandleader, clarinet
Stompin’ at the Savoy, St. Louis Blues, One O’Clock Jump

Pee Wee Erwin (1913-1981): Trumpet, Tommy Dorsey Band

Lenny Davidson (1944): Guitar, Dave Clark Five
Glad All Over, Bits and Pieces, Over and Over, Because

(Nicky) Topper Headon (1955): Drums, the Clash
White Man, London Calling, Rock the Casbah

 Wynonna Judd (1964): Country singer
Mama He’s Crazy, Why Not Me, Grandpa (Tell Me ’Bout the Good Old Days)

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