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  • The Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music | Dunstan Prial

    The Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dunstan Prial
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
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    The son of a Vanderbilt heiress, John Hammond listened to jazz records with his parents’ servants, went to Harlem as a teenager, and became a regular in clubs where very few white faces ever appeared. Taking a little family money, Hammond went across racial lines in pre-World War II America and came back with recordings of some of the greatest jazz musicians in history. By age twenty-two, he had convinced Benny Goodman to integrate his band and made his first big discovery: Billie Holiday.

    Timothy says: "The Straw That Stirred The Drink"
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