Happy 100th Birthday, Charlie Christian! See Him Swing in These Classic Clips

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Jazz, swing, and bebop guitarist Charlie Christian—whose amplified melodic lines helped lift the guitar out of the rhythm section to be featured as a solo instrument—would have been 100 years old today.

Sadly, Christian (July 29, 1916-March 2, 1942) suffered from ill health after contracting tuberculosis in the '30s, and died way too soon at just 25 years old in a Staten Island, New York hospital.

Celebrate Christian's birthday and experience his greatness...