Don Redman—a prominent figure in jazz and swing—emerged during the 1920s to 1960s. He excelled as a jazz musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader. Redman's innovative arrangements pioneered the foundation of swing, employing intricate harmonies and call-response dynamics. He notably led the successful McKinney's Cotton Pickers and formed his own band performing at renowned venues and broadcasting on the radio. Redman's compositions like Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar and The House of Blue Lights gained acclaim. His arranging skills made hits for Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie, and Harry James. His contributions earned him induction into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.