Note(s)Big band leader Charlie Barnet played tenor, alto and soprano saxophone. he was born Charles Daly Burnett in 1913 in New York City and is still revered for his groundbreaking efforts to break the color barrier for black performers in his band. His band was popularly known as "the blackest white band of them all" Along with Artie Shaw, he was known for spotlighting African American performers in his band. In 1941, he extensively promoted Lena Horne. His big band from 1939-1941 is the best known and most commercially successful. The band produced two hits that are closely associated with Barnet: "Cherokee" and "Redskin Rhumba." Barnet had a colorful personal life and married at least six times. He was a good friend and supporter of Count Basie. He died in 1991.
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