Benny Goodman Poster


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Overview (5)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameBenjamin David Goodman
Nickname The King of Swing
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The King of Swing! Famed clarinetist, composer ("Stompin' at the Savoy") and conductor, educated at the Lewis Institute in Chicago and a student of Schillinger and Schoepp. He was a clarinetist with the orchestras of Bix Beiderbecke, Jules Herbuveaux, Arnold Johnson and Ben Pollack, and also played in Broadway theater orchestras. He began to lead his own orchestras in 1934 at the Billy Rose Music Hall, then conducted the orchestra on the weekly radio program "Let's Dance" in 1934-1935, and played at numerous hotels, colleges and theaters. Expanding his musical efforts, he performed in chamber music concerts, later touring throughout the US, Europe, the Far East, South America and the USSR and made many recordings. Joining ASCAP in 1945, his chief musical collaborators included Count Basie, Harry James, Mitchell Parish, Andy Razaf, Edgar M. Sampson, Chick Webb, and Teddy Wilson. Some of his other popular songs and instrumental compositions include "Lullaby in Rhythm," "Don't Be That Way," "Seven Come Eleven," "Flying Home," "Two O'Clock Jump," "Air Mail Special," "Dizzy Spells," "If Dreams Come True," "Georgia Jubilee," "Four Once More," and "The Kingdom of Swing".

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Spouse (1)

Alice Hammond Duckworth (21 March 1942 - 4 February 1978) (her death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Theme songs: "Let's Dance" (opening theme), "Goodbye" (closing theme)

Trivia (10)

Clarinetist/orchestra leader.
Interred at Long Ridge Cemetery, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
Pictured on one of a set of four 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, issued 11 September 1996, celebrating big band leaders. Other band leaders honored in this issue are Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller.
Benny Goodman was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
Charter inductee of the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1978.
He had two daughters: Rachel (born May 2, 1943) and Benjie (born April, 1946). He also had three step-daughters: Gillian, Shirley, and Sophia. All five daughters grew up in Benny's house.
His funeral included a nonsectarian service and Bible passages read by all five of his daughters. His Eulogy was given by his attorney and friend, Bill Hyland.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 337-340. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6101 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Kennedy Center Honors recipient in 1982.

Personal Quotes (1)

There's no one else like her, and I presume there never will be. (on friend Peggy Lee)

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