Personalities | Lionel Hampton | Roots of Rock

(Vibraphone, 1930–90)

Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton’s long career included roles as sideman, bandleader, and cultural force that extended beyond the jazz world. Beginning as a drummer, he switched to vibes at the suggestion of Louis Armstrong, and then broke the colour barrier as a member of Benny Goodman’s legendary big band. Hampton’s own groups melded swing with R&B, and he was instrumental in developing the career of Dinah Washington, as well as numerous jazz greats.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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