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Vaigat

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Vaigat is a Greenlandic version of US swing. Named after the Vaigat-Strait near Disco Island on Greenland’s west coast, Vaigat developed during the 1950s when the swing and popular songs that were heard on the radio from the US military...

Artie Shaw

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...Despite a short career, Charlie Christian proved to be one of the first major jazz electric guitarists. Christian was born in 1916 in Texas; the family relocated to Oklahoma, where he and his brothers were taught to play guitar...

Jimmy Dorsey

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...Along with his brother Tommy, Jimmy Dorsey’s meteoric career as a leader of a big band and as a clarinetist maintained relevance through the twentieth century. Born in Pennsylvania in 1904, Dorsey began playing trumpet but, by 1915, had...
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...As a performer, arranger, and bandleader, Fletcher Henderson fundamentally shaped the trajectory of big band and swing music. Born in Georgia in 1897, Henderson was raised in a middle-class family and was taught to play piano by his mother....

Tony Bennett

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...As a singer, Tony Bennett maintained a successful career despite his form’s nadir in popularity in the late twentieth century. Born in New York City in 1926, Bennett’s early influences were jazz and stage performers. He was a talented...
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...As one of the most recognizable voices in mid-twentieth century popular music, Nat King Cole created a series of pop standards and established the form for pop-jazz trios. Cole was born in Alabama in 1919, and the family relocated...

Louis Jordan

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...The “King of the Jukebox,” Louis Jordan, became a star among both white and black audiences during a period when the two were intentionally kept separate. Jordan was born in Arkansas in 1908. His father was a music teacher who taught his...

Perry Como

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...With an overt sense of authenticity and a focus on good taste, Perry Como achieved massive success as a singer and media personality. Born in Pennsylvania in 1912 into a family of recent Italian immigrants, Como would learn to play his...