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|Name - Charles Henry Christian (1916-1942)||Stagename - Charlie Christian|
|Played with - Benny Goodman|
Charlie Christian was the first important electric guitar player. His solos has the swing and flow of the best saxophonists but his influence went far into the Bebop era. Just listen to any of the later guitarists and you will hear much of Charlie's style. He played along with Lionel Hampton and Teddy Wilson in Benny Goodman's interracial sextet. Unfortunately, we don't have much in the way of recordings because he died from tuberculosis during a recording strike .