Lionel Hampton is one of my heroes…not just because of his incredible abilities as a musician but also because he along with Benny Goodman’s piano player Teddy Wilson helped to break the colour barrier way back in the 1940s when they became half of Benny’s quartet along with Gene Krupa. This is his signature song, and it still swings better than 90% of what’s out there
Greg Simpson firmly believes his career in the music industry officially began on March 14, 1965 when a band gave him ten dollars as commission for helping them find a gig. He hasn’t looked back since then and looks forward to celebrating his fiftieth in 2015 with an enormous party paid for by the hundreds of dollars he’s made since then. His career has covered all aspects from radio for many years, and including working for record labels, artists and, since 1992, Canadian Music Week where he programs the radio stream and manages all conference streams and events in real time annually. He also attends half a dozen conferences a year doing research for CMW and is generally accepted as a knowledgeable cat with a few stories to tell. At the root of it all, though, is his undying love for music and musicians.
Greg Simpson is the author of ‘Today’s Almost Forgotten Track’ (TAFT)