“He’s The Last Word” – Ben Pollack And His Californians (1926)

Victor; Chicago, December 17, 1926: Ben Pollack-d-dir/Harry Greenberg, Al Harris-c/Glenn Miller-tb/Benny Goodman-cl/Gil Rodin-as/Fud Livingston-ts/Wayne Allen-p/John Kurzenknabe-bj/Harry Goodman-bb/Dorothy Williams, Hannah Williams-v.

A self-taught child prodigy on the drums, bandleader Ben Pollack rode the wave of the popular “California dance-band” craze, all the way from New York. This cut features Benny Goodman at seventeen (1:45-2:07) and a young twenty-two-year-old Glenn Miller (2:54-3:02) taking a daring trombone run.

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