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Monday, June 26, 2017

Lionel Hampton

Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra
Lion L70064
A product of MGM Records - A Division of Lowe's Incorporated

Great Hampton compilation set available from online vendors under the title "Air Mail Special".

From the back cover: Lionel Hampton was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but grew up in Chicago, where his musical family moved when he was seven. There, he received his early musical training. He left school at the age of sixteen to find work as a professional musician, but his age was a handicap and jobs were few and far between. Eventually, he found himself in Los Angeles. Here, he got his real start, first as a drummer with a jazz combo headed by Paul Howard, lager with Les Hite's Band. Then, he drew the attention of Louis Armstrong. It was during service with "Satchmo" that he switched from drums to vibes and found the first nation-wide recognition of his name and talent. His unique artistry brought him immediate acclaim in movies, public appearances and on records. When Armstrong set out for the East, "Hamp" decided to remain on the coast. It was at this point that Benny Goodman offered him a spot with what was then the greatest band in the world. "Camp" began making musical monuments with the all-time greats: players like Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Harry James, Ziggy Elman, and B. G. himself. That was in 1936, a year, incidentally, when Down Beat Magazine accorded "Hamp" an award in honor of his selection by popularity poll as "the most exciting artist of the year". When Goodman dissolved his band, "Hamp" organized his own orchestra and, in less than a year, it became one of the biggest "name" attractions in the country. The rest is history.

Air Mail Special
Cool Train
Jumpin' With G. H.
Gates Steps Out
Don't Flee The Scene Salty
Oh, Rock
Gabby's Gabbin'
Samson's Boogie

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