For most of its history, popular music has rarely been that which most people like Jazz, for instance, has always been a minority interest. But in the era which was dominated by swing, the music and its popularity were equally matched. White musicians became bored with the asinine popular music they were expected to play, music pumped out by Tin Pan Alley, and tried to emulate the style and freedom of their black counterparts. Most of them were too intelligent as musicians to indulge in mere imitation. What they created was the first white music based on black music which was not stolen from black music. featuring Art Tatum Artie Shaw Benny Goodman Bing Crosby Bud Freeman Buddy Rich Cab Calloway Dick Vance Fletcher Henderson Frank Sinatra Gene Krupa Guy Lombardo Harry James Lawrence Welk Lionel Hampton The Dutch Swing College Band Tommy Dorsey Woody Herman
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