Flying Home Hampton Lionel 1965

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Flying Home Hampton Lionel 1965
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra, filmed here in 1965, play one of Hampton's most requested pieces "Flying Home"
"Flying Home" had its genesis while Hampton was in the Benny Goodman band. A gig in 1939 required them to fly from Los Angeles to Atlantic City, the first time Hampton had been on a plane. He began whistling a tune while waiting for the plane to taxi. Goodman asked him what it was, and Hampton said, "I don't know. We can call it 'Flying Home,' I guess." (Hampton later confessed that the tune was a way for him to keep his mind off of the upcoming flight.) They played it for the first time with the Goodman Quartet that night and later that year Goodman recorded the first version of the song, featuring a memorable solo from pioneering guitarist Charlie Christian. Hampton liked the song so much that it became his theme once he left Goodman.

7 comments

Bari player is Ronnie Cuber
By TennesseeJazzFan 6 years ago
I saw Hmpton and his band play this live a number of times and it never dissapointed.....neither did this fantastic version . Thanks for sharing it !
By raymondolino 6 years ago
Just fabulous.
By Eddie 7 years ago
Wonderful - swingin´ boppin´ and rockin´. The one and only Mr Hamp. Thanks for this version of Flying Home. Great!
By Jatp 7 years ago
The baritone player is Ronnie Cuber.
By savelonp 7 years ago
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