Johnny Hamp

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        In terms of big band jazz, the name "Hamp" might be forever connected with grinning Lionel Hampton. Yet the less well-known Johnny Hamp certainly had his moments, too. Like the night in Hershey, PA, when he became the new leader of the Kentucky Serenaders because the previous one had skipped out following a disagreement. Johnny Hamp happened to be there and offered to take over as conductor, garnering the job for keeps after just the one tryout. The group's theme song wound up b... Read more

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