[RIP Lionel Hampton] Lionel Hampton, Who Put Swing in the Vibraphone, Is Dead at 94

Lionel Hampton, whose flamboyant mastery of the vibraphone made him one of the leading figures of the swing era, died yesterday morning at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 94.

  Although Hampton swung, I think the following is a reach:

Mr. Hampton… was an extremely important figure in American music, not only as an entertainer and an improvising musician in jazz, but also because his band helped usher in rock ‘n’ roll. In 1942, Mr. Hampton recorded one of the more influential recordings in the history of American music, “Flying Home,” which featured a honking and shouting solo by the tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet that set the emotional atmosphere for rock. — Peter Watrous in the NY Times