Benny Goodman Quartet — Moonglow

Thanks to Ethan J Symonds for the You Tube

The most famous version of Moonglow was by Benny Goodman Quartet in 1936 with Goodman on Clarinet, Lionel Hamption, vibes; Teddy Wilson, piano; and Gene Krupa on drums.

This is my favorite Goodman performance.   Lionel Hampton was the greatest vibes player of all time.  Moonglow was written by Will Hudson, Irving Mills, and Eddie DeLange.

This was one of the period songs featured in Martin Scorsese’s  movie Aviator based on the life of Howard Hughes.   On my trip back and forth across the U.S. this past summer, one of my stops was at the Evergreen Aerospace Museum at McMinnville, Oregon where  the infamous “Spruce Goose” is housed.  The proper name for the airplane is the Hughes H-4 Hercules.  I missed my chance to see it when it was housed in Long Beach, California.  It is a stupendously large airplane.  For more on H-4, see the link.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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