- NAME: Fletcher Henderson
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Pianist
- BIRTH DATE: December 18, 1897
- DEATH DATE: December 29, 1952
- EDUCATION: Atlanta University, Columbia University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Cuthbert, Georgia
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- AKA: Fletcher Hamilton Henderson
- Originally: James Fletcher Henderson
- Nickname: Smack
- AKA: Fletcher Henderson
- Full Name: Fletcher Hamilton Henderson Jr.
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In the 1930s, Fletcher Henderson helped define the swing era sound with his own band's performances and by selling big band jazz arrangements to Benny Goodman.
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Henderson's band broke up in 1935; he attempted to re-form a successful band of his own during the latter half of the 1930s—and had a hit with "Christopher Columbus" (1936)—but never reached the same heights as Goodman. In 1939, he became a staff arranger for Goodman.
In the 1940s, Henderson tried his hand at bandleading once more, though he maintained an association with Goodman, while also sending arrangements to other bands. After becoming ill while reunited with Waters on tour, Henderson had a stroke in 1950. Partially paralyzed, he then retired. Henderson died in New York City on December 29, 1952, at the age of 55.
Fletcher Henderson: A Study in Frustration, a collection of recordings from the heyday of Henderson's band, was released in 1994.
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