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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May 30, 1959 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (6) Bobby Darin, Dream Lover ~ #2 (7) Johnny Horton, The Battle Of New Orleans ~ #1 (1) Wilbert Harrison, Kansas City


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 ~ Voted into the 1957 Downbeat Jazz Hall Of Fame (Readers Poll).

The Benny Goodman Orchestra ~ Sing, Sing, Sing (Prima) ~ As performed and recorded during 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert ~ Named one of the NPR 100 Most Important American Musical Works Of The 20th Century in 2000 ~ The Goodman orchestra was well known in America from club appearances from New York to Chicago and from the radio. But Swing had its detractors, too. Even so, the Carnegie Hall concert marked the moment when the music itself was afforded a sign of respect. The last number on the program was &Sing, Sing, Sing - what Goodman called a “killer diller” a number intended to get a crowd on its feet, jitterbugging. Drummer Gene Krupa sets the groove with his tom-toms, and members of the orchestra take their turns soloing, including a mournful one from Benny himself. ~ 2000 © NPR

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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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