Subject: King of Swing
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Sun June 13, 1999 at 3:19PM

King of Swing

On this date in nineteen eighty-six
After a career with many, many hits
Benny Goodman ascended to the sky
With his licorice stick quite nearby ...

The man was the chief proponent
Of the clarinet ... his only opponent
Was one of the two Dorsey brothers
One was trombone, so it was the other

Tommy was the brass man, I believe
So it must've been Jimmy with the reed
Anyway, the three of them, along with Miller ...
Pretty much defined the swing bands of the era

But Benny recorded quite a bit more
For he was just as capable of classical lore
Such as the ones written for the clarinet by Mozart
A man who really knew how to practice his art ....

And he was so popular, a movie was made to honor
The man who gave us so much music from above the collar
Played by yet another musical giant ...
Steve Allen ... a pianist and composer
still tryin' !!!!

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
11:30am Sun. June 13th, 1999

The Benny Goodman Story (1956)
also starred Donna Reed
and featured Harry James,
Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa

The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
starred James Stewart
and featured Louis Armstrong,
Gene Krupa, The Modernaires

Glenn Miller was downed in a
commercial plane flight over the
Atlantic during World War II (1944)

The two Dorsey Orchestras are still touring ...