A Song is Born

Producer Samuel Goldwyn with Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman on the cover of Billboard Magazine dated Sep 27, 1947 promoting A Song is Born, which premiered over a year later, on Oct 19, 1948.  Lionel was part of Benny Goodman’s integrated trio and quartet 1936-39.

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Benny Goodman on clarinet and Lionel Hampton on vibes with Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo in a scene from A Song is Born (1948)

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Charlie Barnet, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton on vibes in a publicity still for A Song is Born (1948).

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Even though A Song is Born (1948) is Howard Hawks’ first film in color, this is a colorized publicity still.

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Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, Lionel Hampton and Louis Armstrong in an original publicity still for A Song is Born (1948)

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Howard Hawks on the set of A Song is Born with Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet and Mel Powell

Howard Hawks directing A Song is Born (1948) with big band leaders Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet and Lionel Hampton.  This was Howard Hawks’ fourth film for independent producer Samuel Goldwyn.  Hawks said he only accepted it because Sam offered him a wad of loot after Hawks incurred out of pocket expenses on Red River.

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the jazz musicians are in a hostage situation in A Song is Born (1948)

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In the Ball of Fire remake, A Song is Born (1948),  Danny Kaye goes to the nightclubs in search of contemporary jazz as Gary Cooper did in search of slang in the original.

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Big band and jazz giants Charlie Barnet, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton in A Song is Born (1948)