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Benny Goodman

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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May 30, 1909 In Chicago - Illinois - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Me and the Boys 1929-07-01
Latest Project:
Movie The Sid Caesar Collection: The Magic of Live TV 2000-06-20
Known For
Poster of The Kennedy Center Honors
Poster of The Gang's All Here
Poster of Syncopation
Movie The Sid Caesar Collection: The Magic of Live TV 2000-06-20
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie A Song Is Born Professor Magenbruch 1948-10-19
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Make Mine Music Himself 1946-04-26
Movie The Shining Future Self 1944-04-11
Movie Sweet and Low-Down Himself 1944-09-21
Movie The Powers Girl Himself 1943-01-15
Movie The Gang's All Here Himself 1943-12-24
Movie Stage Door Canteen Conductor of the Benny Goodman Orchestra 1943-06-24
Movie Syncopation Benny Goodman 1942-05-22
Movie Birth of the Blues Himself, Benny Goodman (archive footage) 1941-11-07
Movie Hollywood Hotel Leader of His Orchestra 1937-12-20
Movie The Big Broadcast of 1937 Himself 1936-10-05
Movie Me and the Boys 1929-07-01
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