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Birth Name: Charles Henry Christian
Born: 1916/07/29
Died: 1942/03/02
Genres: Swing, Bebop, Jazz, Big Band Music

Charles Henry "Charlie" Christian (July 29, 1916 - March 2, 1942) was an American swing and jazz guitarist. Christian was an important early performer on the electric guitar, and is cited as a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra from August 1939 to June 1941. His single-string technique combined with amplification helped bring the guitar out of the rhythm section and into the forefront as a solo instrument.John Hammond and George T. Simon called Christian the best improvisational talent of the swing era. In the liner notes to the 1972 Columbia album ''Solo Flight: The Genius of Charlie Chris... Continue Bio >>

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