Benny Goodman, bandleader, clarinettist
Clarinettist ~ Bandleader
birth name: Benjamin David Goodman

Benny Goodman

May 30, 1909, Chicago, IL ~ June 13, 1986, New York, NY

At age 16 - the year was 1926 - Benny Goodman was already a virtuoso of that new style called jazz. But jazz would go deep underground in the early '30s. For most of that time, Goodman would build a career playing well below his capacities for a succession of commercial bosses whose principal instrument was a baton. It seemed unfair that the least accomplished musicians should be telling the most accomplished ones what to do. It made Goodman a frustrated, restless and often prickly employee. If any of this was to change, someone would have to break the model of those dreadful “sweet” dance bands. By 1934, Goodman decided that maybe it could be him. ~ NPR/90.9 WBUR: Benny Goodman ~ retrieved June 14, 2015 © NPR/90.9 WBUR

Benny's aptitude on the clarinet was immediately apparent. ~ All About Jazz: Benny Goodman ~ retrieved June 14, 2015 © All About Jazz

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June 13, 1964 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) the Ray Charles Singers, Love Me With All Your Heart (Cuando Caliente El Sol) ~ #2 (6) Peter & Gordon, A World Without Love ~ #1 (1) the Dixie Cups, Chapel Of Love


Benny Goodman's January 16, 1938, Carnegie Hall concert is considered the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history. ~ Allmusic: Album review/Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Concert ~ retrieved June 14, 2015 © Allmusic

Benny Goodman ~ Received the 1982 Kennedy Center Honor ~ Benny Goodman's reign as “King of Swing,” “Patriarch of the Clarinet,” and “Swing's Senior Statesman” began when he helped many Americans see the silver lining around that cloud known as the Depression. The optimism and grace of swing music brought the nation through some of its darkest days. ~ 1982 © Kennedy Center

Charlie Christian & the Benny Goodman Orchestra ~ Solo Flight ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Ella Fitzgerald ~ Sings The Cole Porter Songbook (1956) ~ Ranked #36 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ Norman Granz had long cherished the ambition to have Ella recording for his label but had to wait until 1956 to make the signing. His first project for her was to record as many Cole Porter songs as they could lay their hands on in large ensemble style and release them (initially as volumes one and two) on an unsuspecting but quickly enraptured public. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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