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Lionel Hampton's Good Vibes

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Lionel Hampton's Good Vibes

Lionel Hampton began his musical career as a drummer, but the drums weren't how he would eventually distinguish himself. It was when he took up the vibraphone that he found his niche, becoming one of the most acclaimed jazz musicians of all time.

Born April 20, 1908 – 104 years ago today – Hampton was one of the first jazz vibraphonists, and his cheery vibes are hard to resist. Here are a few of our favorites.

Moment's Notice


Flying Home (Hampton trivia fact: this song's title is also the epitaph on his gravestone)

Written by Linnea Crowther