Bennie Moten 1894-1935
Born and raised in Kansas City, Bennie Moten led the Kansas City Orchestra, the most important regional blues-based orchestra active in the Midwest in the 1920s, and helped to develop the riffing style that came to define many of the big bands of the 1930s. Walter Page’s walking bass lines gave the music an entirely new feel. Many tunes recorded when Bill Basie, Jimmy Rushing and Ben Webster were members of the band became
Moten’s popular 1928 recording of “South” stayed in Victor’s catalog and became a big jukebox hit in the late 1940s. It remained in print as a vinyl 45 until RCA stopping making vinyl records.