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American Popular Music- Taking a chance on love

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Lecture 2: Friday, September 23rd The Swing Era: (ca. 1935-45) o Swing: A jazz style begun in 1930’s, played by big bands with 15-18 members. o Grew out of music played by black bandleaders such as Duke Ellington in 1920’s. o Youth craze tied to dancing (e.g. jitterbug, lindy hop) The Swing Era’s “Founding Moment”: o Benny Goodman band plays very late slot on radio program “Let’s Dance”. o Not heard by many in East, but creates buzz on W. coast due to time-zone difference. o 1935 Goodman band performance at LA’s Palomar Ballroom surprise sell-out. Recorded/Broadcast Sound in the 1930s-40s: o New importance of radio in musical dissemination of 1930’s. o Records matter too…but they can be played in public by a Jukebox: a coin operated record player in a public space. Taking a Chance on Love Written by Vernon Duke
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  • Fall '16
  • Brett Boutwell
  • Music, swing era, Benny Goodman band

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