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'Sing, Sing, Sing'

Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall concert legitimized jazz in the eyes of the music establishment.

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'St. Louis Blues'

Margaret Howze reports on the song's background and its definitive 1925 recording by Bessie Smith.

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