chapter  8
Other sounds, other worlds
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Nevertheless, as the transmission of music grew with the spread of records and radio, it became increasingly difficult to block access to Afro-American music. The phenomenal success of Benny Goodman in 1935 was largely due to radio hook-up but the basis of the music, its innovative appeal and freshness, lay in the hands of arranger Fletcher Henderson and the black jazz band tradition he represented. And although Tin Pan Alley came up with its own, 'sweeter', version of swing - Glen MiHer and 'Moonlight Serenade' - the sounds of change were increasingly in the air.