Sunday, June 13, 2010
Musically, the 1930s truly was the age of giants. Here is the Benny Goodman Orchestra performing their signature tune Sing, Sing, Sing at the Hollywood Hotel in 1937; in addition to Benny Goodman himself on the licorice stick, Gene Krupa plays a mad beat (seemingly with two golden arms*) and Harry James a cool trumpet solo as well. It is said - and not just by me, either - that this song is the anthem of the Swing Era, a song which is continually being rediscovered by subsequent generations, one whose frantic patter has been quickening heartbeats for 70 years.
Goodman died on this day in 1986, but lives on thanks to the miracle of technology.
*Krupa, of course, being the subject of the 1955 film The Man With the Golden Arm, starring Frank Sinatra as the man who liked him some drumming but liked him some heroin more.
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