“Looking Back: Goodbye Benny, et al” by Arnie Koch

When the Benny Goodman Orchestra appeared at the Metropolitan Theater in Boston in May 1937, the Boston Morning Globe reported: “The Metropolitan Theater yesterday appeared to hold every boy and girl in Greater Boston who could beg a school ‘absent’ excuse from a tolerant parent. Benny Goodman, King of Swing, is in town, which means that the youngsters of the city are in their seventh heaven of rapture. What shrieks of joy as he played ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ in his own swingy rhythms! What yells and whistles and stampings followed Gene Krupa’s drumming exhibitions!” Read more at the Melrose Free Press:

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