Benny Goodman
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/960x540/p01bqjtg.jpg
1909-05-30
https://musicbrainz.org/artist/b09ae88f-4156-4caa-b129-1cacb5e1632e
Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman Biography (BBC)

From his earliest years as a childhood prodigy until well into his seventies, Benny Goodman was the most technically accomplished clarinettist in jazz. His immediately distinctive tone, with a slight rasping edge that gave it an urgent jazzy quality, adorned not only hundreds of his own recordings, but dozens more that he made during his busy early years as a freelance.

He grew up in a large Jewish family in Chicago, and had his earliest lessons in a synagogue band. After playing in several amateur bands and studying with classical tutor Franz Schoepp, Goodman joined the Musicians' Union at 14, and at 16 joined drummer Ben Pollack's group.

He stayed with Pollack for some time, making records and playing prestigious jobs, eventually moving with him to New York, where he became a freelance. After five years of prolific activity, he formed his own big band, first playing at Billy Rose's Music Hall in New York, and then broadcasting weekly on the Let's Dance show.

This gave him thousands of fans across the nation, and when he toured to the West Coast in 1935, he received wild acclaim after playing his swing arrangements by Fletcher Henderson at the Palomar Ballroom, Los Angeles. This is generally regarded as the start of the swing era, of which Goodman became the 'king'. In 1935 he also formed his quartet with Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, and Teddy Wilson.

This group was the first racially mixed band to tour widely in the United States, making Goodman an early ambassador of racial equality in the entertainment industry. His popularity peaked between 1936-9. Health problems led him to retire briefly in 1940, but he re-formed his band several times thereafter - as a regular unit in the 1940s, and subsequently as a series of specially assembled groups for tours or concerts, such as his visits to Russia, Latin America and Japan in the 1960s.

He made several films (playing himself on the soundtrack of The Benny Goodman Story in which actor Steve Allen played Goodman) and was also an accomplished classical clarinettist, commissioning new pieces from Bartok, Hindemith and Copland.

Benny Goodman Biography (Wikipedia)

Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing".

In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in America. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938, is described by the critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music."

Goodman's bands launched the careers of many major jazz artists. During an era of racial segregation he led one of the first well-known integrated jazz groups. Goodman performed nearly to the end of his life, while exploring an interest in classical music.

This entry is from Wikipedia, the user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License. If you find the biography content factually incorrect or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia. Find out more about our use of this data.



Benny Goodman Tracks

Sort by

Benny Goodman
Goody Goody
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Goody Goody
Benny Goodman
Perfidia
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Perfidia
Benny Goodman
Loch Lomond
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Loch Lomond
Benny Goodman
Henderson Stomp
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Henderson Stomp
Benny Goodman
Sing Sing Sing Part 1
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Sing Sing Sing Part 1
Benny Goodman
Bolero
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Bolero
Benny Goodman
Let's Dance
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Let's Dance
Benny Goodman
Nobody's Sweetheart
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Nobody's Sweetheart
Benny Goodman
You Turned The Tables On Me
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
You Turned The Tables On Me
Benny Goodman
Sing Sing Sing (Live at Carnegie Hall)
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Sing Sing Sing (Live at Carnegie Hall)
Benny Goodman
Ten Days With Baby
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Ten Days With Baby
Benny Goodman
Sunny Disposish
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Sunny Disposish
Claude Debussy
Premiere Rhapsody - version for clarinet and orchestra
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqk7d.jpg
link
Premiere Rhapsody - version for clarinet and orchestra
Benny Goodman
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
Benny Rides Again
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p048cw9d.jpg
link
Benny Rides Again
Fats Navarro
Stealin' Apples
http://static.bbci.co.uk/music_clips/2.8.1.1/img/track_fallback.png
link
Stealin' Apples
Benny Goodman
All The Cats Join In
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
All The Cats Join In
Benny Goodman
Stealin' Apples
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Stealin' Apples
Benny Goodman
Alexander's Ragtime Band
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Benny Goodman
Don't Be That Way
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p01bqjtg.jpg
link
Don't Be That Way
Load more tracks
Playlists featuring Benny Goodman

Performances & Interviews from Similar Artists

Back to artist