I've heard of Charlie Christian since I was a kid. I knew about the Charlie Christian guitar pick-up and that he played in Benny Goodmans' band. But I never ever heard his actual playing, not even on records. Thanks to the wonders of You Tube, I heard him for the first time the other day. He was an amazing guitarist, his playing so smooth and free flowing. His playing was as good or better than anyone, even to this present time. I read that it was Benny Goodmans' manager that forced Goodman to hire him and that Goodman was very resentful about being saddled with this unknown guitar player, but he had a complete change of heart the first time that he heard Charlie Christian play. He was astounded at what he was hearing. You could say that Charlie Christian introduced the world to the sound of electric jazz guitar.