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Benny Goodman and his Orchestra featuring Carmen Miranda

From film: “The Gang’s All Here,” 1943

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Into the late ’30s, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra would prove key to bringing jazz music into the mainstream of American pop. But this number – likely recorded before the musicians went through the motions, like a music video – represented perhaps the apex of swing’s popularity. Other forms of jazz would take over.

By the late ’40s a musicians’ strike would add greater industrial emphasis to solo singers.
 

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