Todayin Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include 1950s singer and disc jockey Jim Lowe, who was born in 1927 (age 76); bass player Mitch Jayne of the electric bluegrass band the Dillards in 1930 (age 73); Teresa Brewer in 1931 (age 72)...
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Saxophonist, singer and bandleader Tex Beneke was born this day in 1914 in Fort Worth, Texas. He soared in popularity after joining Glenn Miller's 1938 orchestra.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include singer-turned-pro golfer Don Cherry, who had a hit in 1956 with "Band of Gold," was born in 1924 (age 79); Clarence Clemons, with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, in 1942 (age 61); country singer Naomi Judd in 1946 (age 57); Sh
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is March 28. Jazz birthdays include Cripple Clarence Lofton, who was born in 1887; Paul Whiteman in 1890; Thad Jones in 1923; Tete Montoliu in 1933; Bill Gaither in 1936; and Donald Brown in 1954.

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

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Paul Samuel Whiteman (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) was an American bandleader and orchestral director.

Leader of the most popular dance bands in the United States during the 1920s, Whiteman's recordings were immensely successful, and press notices often referred to him as the "King of Jazz." Using a large ensemble and exploring many styles of music, Whiteman is perhaps best known for his blending of symphonic music and jazz, as typified by his 1924 commissioning and debut of George Gershwin's jazz-influenced "Rhapsody In Blue". Whiteman recorded many jazz and pop standards during his career, including "Wang Wang Blues", "Mississippi Mud", "Rhapsody in Blue", "Wonderful One", "Hot Lips", "Mississippi Suite", and "Grand Canyon Suite". His popularity faded in the swing music era of the 1930s, and by the 1940s Whiteman was semi-retired from music.

Whiteman's place in the history of early jazz is somewhat controversial. Detractors suggest that Whiteman's ornately-orchestrated music was jazz in name only (lacking the genre's improvisational and emotional depth), and co-opted the innovations of black musicians. Defenders note that Whiteman's fondness for jazz was genuine (he worked with black musicians as much as was feasible during an era of racial segregation), that his bands included many of the era's most esteemed white jazz musicians, and argue that Whiteman's groups handled jazz admirably as part of a larger repertoire. In his autobiography, Duke Ellington declared, "Paul Whiteman was known as the King of Jazz, and no one as yet has come near carrying that title with more certainty and dignity."

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