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Charlie Barnet

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Biography

Charlie Barnet (October 26, 1913 - September 4, 1991) was unusual in several ways. One of the few jazzmen to be born a millionaire, Barnet was a bit of a playboy throughout his life, ending up with a countless number of ex-wives and anecdotes. He was one of the few white big band leaders of the swing era to openly embrace the music of Duke Ellington (he also greatly admired Count Basie). Barnet was a pioneer in leading integrated bands (as early as 1935). And, although chiefly a tenor saxophonist (where he developed an original sound out of the style of Coleman Hawkins), Barnet was an effective emulator of Johnny Hodges on alto in addition to being virtually the only soprano player (other than Sidney Bechet) in the 1930s and '40s.

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Top Songs

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  1. Skyliner  -  68,336 plays
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    When they begin the beguine
    It brings back the sound of music so tender,
    It brings back a night of tropical splendor,
    It brings back a memory ever green.
    I'm with you once more under the stars,
    Cherokee  -  50,712 plays
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    POMPTON TURNPIKE
    Charlie Barnet
    Pompton Turnpike, that's
    A very famous Jersey roadway
    Full of country charm.
    Pompton turnpike  -  16,203 plays
  4. Flying Home  -  14,798 plays
  5. Harlem Nocturne  -  13,237 plays
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