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        Charlie Christian and the Introduction of the Electric Guitar | Soundbreaking

        This Soundbreaking clip highlights the importance of electric guitarist Charlie Christian's role in the history of the instrument. George Benson and Gary Giddens explain that John Hammond's role in connecting Christian with renowned band leader Benny Goodman changed the way band leaders thought of the guitar, as its role went from a strumming background instrument to a lead/solo instrument.

        This video is part of a lesson plan called Going Electric: How Electricity Helped Bring The Guitar to the Forefront of Popular Music. Find more resources in the Soundbreaking collection.

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