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Bunny Berigan, 1908-1942

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Today Bunny Berigan is probably best known for his trumpet and vocal work on the Ira Gershwin-Vernon Duke standard “I Can’t Get Started.” The tune is so identified with Berigan that when Dizzy Gillespie recorded his version, Louis Armstrong remarked, “Hey! That’s Bunny’s song.”

He was a prodigy, started with the Hal Kemp orchestra, and played with the Benny Goodman orchestra. Apparently Gene Krupka was convinced to join the Goodman group by being told Berigan would be there.

He had a legendary affair with Lee Wiley, but could not hold the band together due to his alcoholism, which led to his early demise. Still, he produced some great music in his time. “I Can’t Get Started” is one of the great romantic tunes:

In 1936, with the Freddie Rich band:

And this one is unusual. The note at YouTube reads:

An highlight-version of Honeysuckle Rose.

A Jam Session at “Victor”, New York, March 31, 1937. Bunny Berigan (tp), Fats Waller (p), Tommy Dorsey (tb), Dick Mc Donough (g), George Wettling (dr).

This rare 78rpm-record is a 1938-German pressing, played on my “His Master’s Voice” portable gramophone, “Serie 102c” – green leather case (1938). The 78rpm-record used to be owned by a label manager of the German “Victor” department. Before it had not been played often and is therefore in excellent condition.

Written by Leisureguy

26 April 2008 at 10:00 am

Posted in Daily life

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