Cynique Posted September 15, 2010 Report Share Posted September 15, 2010 The big swing bands of the 1930s and early 40s were who provided dance music for hep cats and fly chicks. I can see my older sisters and brother jitterbuggin now, - or “cuttin a rug” as it was also called. This era was the hey day of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Who hasn’t heard of these giants? The name Jimmy Lunceford may not be as familiar but he was also a trail blazer in this domain. For trivia buffs Lunceford was once the rival of Harlem Renaissance poet, Countee Cullin for the hand of W.E.B.DuBois’ daughter. Countee got the girl because her family found him more acceptable than a transient saxophone player. Jimmy got the last laugh, however, when Countee turned out to be gay. The marriage ended after 2 short years, while Lunceford went on to become a respected artist in his field. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsB_K8f3-0w Jimmy Lunceford I don’t know how I can seque into a reason for slipping the next artist into the mix except to say that his name is Paul Robeson. And he could sing. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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