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Top-40 Jazz

While widely respected as a genre, Jazz has seen relatively few of its artists cross over into the mainstream without their also having largely abandoned the genre. Both Nat King Cole and George Benson – to note two examples – achieved major success as popular artists, but the material with which they did so was popular, not jazz. This is not to be critical of their decisions to seek more popularity or the musical results – their popular music is first rate. George Benson, of course, also remains active as a jazz artist as well.

Occasionally, however, a “real” jazz song recorded by a “real” jazz artist will crack the top-40. This happened a few times in the first half of the the 1960’s.

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