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

Benny Goodman

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

His passion was music and his big band sound quickened the pulse of a generation ready to shrug off the Depression and dance. With clarinet in hand, Benny Goodman was transformed from a child in Chicago’s impoverished Jewish ghetto into the king of swing, greeted with near pandemonium wherever his band played. Goodman led jazz into the commercial mainstream and brought with him an extraordinary group of gifted and original musicians. ~ PBS American Masters: Benny Goodman ~ December 29, 2000 © PBS/American Masters

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, 1992 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Under The Bridge ~ #2 (4) Mariah Carey, I'll Be There ~ #1 (1) Kris Kross, Jump


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

The Benny Goodman Orchestra ~ Sing, Sing, Sing (Prima) ~ Ranked #205 RIAA Songs Of The Century in 2001.

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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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