Sam Donahue

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by Sam Donahue

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8 March 1918, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 22 March 1974, Reno, Nevada, USA. Among the most respected of swing era musicians, tenor saxophonist Donahue formed his first group in the mid-30s, leaving Sonny Burke as leader when he later joined Gene Krupa’s band. In the early 40s he played with Harry James and Benny Goodman. He returned to leading his old group again but in 1942 was drafted into the US Navy. When Artie Shaw was discharged from military service in 1944, Donahue took over... Read more

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