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Benny Goodman: Flyin' Home

Broadcast: October 2, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

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Once upon a time in America, Jazz music was the chart topping mainstream music of the day. Jazz bands travelled the country, spreading swing and soul to huge crowds. At the top of the superstar list was a man titled "The King of Swing," clarinetist Benny Goodman.

From the mid 1930's to the early 40's, Goodman led bands from big to small, but his influence went far beyond music. He was the first popular national artist to integrate his musicians on stage and screen. In this one-hour radio special, host Gary Walker (WBGO-FM, Newark, NJ) will lead your listeners through this part of Goodman's live and music.

His best known recordings are featured with insightful comments from former Goodman archivist and band member Loren Schoenberg, biographer Ross Firestone and clarinetist Dr. Michael White. Benny Goodman: Flyin' Home includes 14 vintage swing classics from throughout Goodman's career, such as "Sing, Sing, Sing," ""Body and Soul," "Avalon," "Flyin' Home" and "After You've Gone."