Nonconformist observations and discussions about the music and vibes that connect our lives.
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)