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Artie Shaw (below) and Glenn Miller
(below left, in uniform) were
international celebrities, among the
most popular  bandleaders of the
1930s and 1940s
Shaw never shied away from
controversy, in 1938 hiring black
vocalist
Billie Holliday to tour the
American South
Above, 1940 photo of Shaw
(1910-2004) from the film
Second
Chorus
South with his
band.
Shaw and Miller
and their bands
tirelessly
entertained
the military
overseas during
World War II,
Shaw in the
Pacific, Miller
(1904-1944) in Europe.
In 1944, though his body was not
recovered, Miller was presumably
killed when his plane was shot down
over the
English Channel.
Shaw, a celebrated clarinetist and
composer, returned to the U.S.
physically and emotionally exhausted
after 18 months in the Pacific
Theater.  A self-described "difficult"
man, he was married and divorced
eight times.
    Dinah Shore (1916-1994) got her showbiz
    start on Eddie Cantor's radio show in 1940.
    Photo above is from the 1946 film Till the
    Clouds Roll By. "After failing singing
    auditions for the bands of Benny Goodman
    and both Jimmy Dorsey and his brother
    Tommy Dorsey, Shore struck out on her
    own to become the first singer of her era to
    achieve huge solo success" (Wikipedia).

    Bandleader Benny Goodman (1909–1986),
    nicknamed the "King of Swing," is considered
    by many to be the greatest jazz clarinetist  
    of all time. Three years before Artie Shaw
    hired Billie Holiday, jazz pianist Teddy
    Wilson became a member of the Benny
    Goodman Trio, making Wilson the first
    black musician to perform with a previously
    all-white jazz group. Black vibraphonist
    Lionel Hampton (1908-2002) joined the
    group in 1936 and it became the Benny
    Goodman Quartet. Hampton left in 1940,
    with Goodman's blessing, to form the Lionel
    Hampton Orchestra.
L to R: The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Louis
Armstrong, Dinah Shore
AT LEFT: Lena Horne in
Till the Clouds Roll By
AT LEFT: Benny Goodman
and his band, with singer
Peggy Lee, in the 1943 film
Stage Door Canteen
Lena Horne, 1917–May 9,
2010
Reunion gig, the Benny Goodman Quartet, with
Goodman (clarinet), Teddy Wilson (piano),
Gene Krupa (drums), and Lionel Hampton (vibes)
FROM BACK
Lena Horne, singing the title song
of the 1943 film
Stormy Weather
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