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GEORGE BARNES - AT HOME WITH FRIENDS IN 1941 - Promotional Video

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Published on Jun 10, 2013

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In 1941, 19-year-old guitarist George Barnes had already been a national radio star for 2 years, and enjoyed jamming with his colleagues after they'd wrapped their NBC show. In March, June, and September of 1941, George's friends -- including violinist Benny Gill, rhythm guitarist Bill Huntington and bassist Bill Moore -- dropped by his Chicago apartment in The Chelsea Hotel and played into the wee hours. The 15 tracks were recorded directly to acetate discs by recordist Joe Campbell, who had been a fan since George was 17, and feature two rare recordings of George's virtuoso piano work.

As a bonus, we've added two tracks from October of 1941, when George and fellow electric guitarist Ernie Varner recorded two Barnes originals, G Minor Spin and Swoon of a Goon -- historic commercial recordings that heralded a new age of guitar.

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