The music of the Swing Era (1935-1946) was created specifically for dancing, with its characteristic and infectious swing beat and exciting horn harmonies. The magic of this music unified black and white youngsters on the dance floor, which was unprecedented in an era of racial segregation. The musicians were young as well, with most of them in their twenties and the “rock stars” of their time. Swing music was so popular that it dominated the airwaves across the world; sadly, this was the last time that any form of jazz would be this widely recognized. After World War II, when youngsters moved on to other forms of music like rock and roll, swing became stagnant, and older, less energetic musicians brought it down a path of mediocrity.