Benny Goodman (I) (1909–1986)

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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 ... See full bio »

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 1960 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Clarinetist / Band Leader
- See America with Ed Sullivan: Chicago (1960) ... Clarinetist
- Episode #13.38 (1960) ... Band Leader
 1958 African Patrol (TV Series)
- No Science (1958) ... Sparkey
 1950 Showtime, U.S.A. (TV Series)
 1948 A Song Is Born
Professor Magenbruch
 1946 Make Mine Music
Bandleader (credit only)
 1944 Sweet and Low-Down
Benny Goodman
 1944 The Road to Victory (Short)
Benny Goodman (uncredited)
 1944 The Shining Future (Short)
Benny Goodman (as Benny Goodman & His Orchestra)
 1943 The Gang's All Here
Benny Goodman
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Conductor of the Benny Goodman Orchestra
 1943 The Powers Girl
Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
 1942 Syncopation
Benny Goodman
 1941 Birth of the Blues
Benny Goodman
 1937 Hollywood Hotel
Benny Goodman
 1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Swingin' The Dream" on Broadway. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 5 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Goodman | Benny Goodman & His Orchestra


6' 5" (1.96 m)

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Personal Quote:

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


Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 337-340. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999. See more »


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


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