Sunday, July 8, 2012
Ben Kynard, R.I.P.
Ben Kynard died Thursday. The longtime resident of Kansas City was 92. The Kansas City Star provided an overview of Kynard's life. KSHB also filed a helpful report. Kynard is perhaps best known for writing "Red Top" while he was a member of Lionel Hampton's popular band. He recalls joining Hampton's orchestra in the embedded video I shot at the American Jazz Museum in 2010. To my knowledge, Kynard hadn't performed publicly in years.
Kynard really tears it up beginning at the 3:18 mark in a 1951 clip located by The Star. (Initial tip from R.H.)