"Flying Home"
Song by Benny Goodman Sextet
RecordedNovember 6, 1939
GenreJazz
Composer(s)Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman
Lyricist(s)Sid Robin

"Flying Home" is a jazz and jump blues composition written by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton with lyrics by Sid Robin.[1]

Background

It was reportedly developed while Hampton was in the Benny Goodman band. A gig in 1939 required the band to fly from Los Angeles to Atlantic City, the first time Hampton had flown. He began whistling a tune while waiting for the plane to taxi. Goodman asked him what it was, and Hampton said, "I don't know. We can call it 'Flying Home,' I guess." Hampton later confessed that the tune was a way for him to keep his mind off of the impending flight. The Goodman Quartet played the tune for the first time that night; later that year Goodman recorded the first version of the song, featuring a memorable solo from pioneering guitarist Charlie Christian. Hampton liked the song so much that it became his theme once he left Goodman.[2]

Recordings

Accolades and other uses

References

  1. ^ "Original versions of Flying Home". Secondhand Songs. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b Rickert, David (22 August 2005). "Lionel Hampton: "Flying Home"". All About Jazz. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott (2021-06-15). "Lionel Hampton: Flying Home track analysis". Mosaic Records. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  4. ^ Holden, Stephen (16 June 1996). "Ella Fitzgerald, the Voice of Jazz, Dies at 79". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  5. ^ "GRAMMY Hall of Fame". 18 October 2010.
  6. ^ Ellison (1998). Flying home and other stories (1st Vintage International ed.). New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 9780679776611.
  7. ^ Lurie, Morris (1978). Flying home. Victoria: Outback Press. ISBN 9780868880594.