Goodman, Benny

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Clarinettist and bandleader.

From the description of Check signed : New York, N.Y., 1955 May 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270914758

American clarinetist, bandleader, and King of Swing.

From the description of The Benny Goodman papers, 1933-1982 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702190423

From the description of The Benny Goodman papers, 1933-1982 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 122555549

Musician; interviewee d. 1986.

From the description of Reminiscences of Benny Goodman : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122597897

Benny Goodman was an American jazz clarinettist, composer, and band leader. As his life is well documented, only a brief summary is provided here.

Benjamin David Goodman was born in Chicago on May 30, 1909. He began playing professionally at age 12, and by 1926 he joined Ben Pollack's orchestra. In 1929 he moved to New York and free lanced with various bands such as those of Red Nichols, Ben Selvin, Ted Lewis, Johnny Green, Paul Whiteman, and played in Broadway shows such as Gershwin's Strike Up The Band and Girl Crazy .

He formed his own band in Spring 1934, and started out with arrangements by Dean Kincaide, Will Hudson and Benny Carter. In November 1934, Goodman started a series of weekly broadcasts on the "Let's Dance" program, using additional arrangements by Fletcher Henderson. Through radio's effectiveness in dissemination and by touring throughout the United States, Goodman became known as "The King of Swing," one of the most widely-known and significant figures in popular music towards the end of the 1930s.

In 1939, Goodman disbanded his ensemble in order to undergo an operation to relieve sciatica. When he reassembled his band the following year, he acquired the services of arranger Eddie Sauter. The war years are considered the apogee of Goodman and his band's career.

Goodman was also active in classical music. In 1935, he performed and recorded the Mozart clarinet quintet. In 1938 he comissioned Bela Bartok to write Contrasts, which he premiered and recorded the following year with Joseph Szigeti and the composer. Goodman continued to comission works from contemporary composers, and increased the number of his appearances in classical venues towards the end of his career.

Benny Goodman continued to concertize and record up to the end of his life. He died in New York City on June 13, 1986, age 77.

From the guide to the Benny Goodman collection: musical arrangements performed by Goodman, ca. 1930-, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

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referencedIn Grover Sales Collection, 1940-2004 Archive of Recorded Sound
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. [Benny Goodman collection : musical arrangements performed by Goodman]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1940-1968 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Why I was born / Teddy Wilson, p ; Bick Clayton, trp ; Benny Goodman, clar... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Plaut, Frederick, 1907-1985. The Frederick and Rose Plaut papers, 1907-1986 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. I gotta right to sing the blues [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Undercurrent [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Carson, Margaret 1911-2007. Margaret Carson papers 1935-2007 1970s-1990s New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Aquarius [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Paramount Theatre stage manager's records, 1936-1956 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf National Jazz Hall of Fame. Papers of the National Jazz Hall of Fame, 1983-1988. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Watch what happens [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf NCSA Jazz Ensemble. NCSA Jazz Ensemble [sound recording]. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Aquarius [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Sanders, Greg, 1957-. Benny : a Goodman clegy : for solo clarinet / Greg Sanders. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Ambassador Auditorium Collection, 1974-1995 Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
referencedIn The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Photographs Collection, Bulk, 1930-1990, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Reminiscences of Benny Goodman : oral history, 1959. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Anderson, Richard N. Richard N. Anderson photographs [manuscript], 1937-1972. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Shaw Festival Collection (University of Guelph). The king of Swing Lives On : A Tribute to Benny Goodman, 1987 - house program. University of Guelph
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Check signed : New York, N.Y., 1955 May 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Edward Beach Collection, 1940-1975, (bulk 1950-1975) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Benny Goodman collection: musical arrangements performed by Goodman, ca. 1930- The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. You brought a new kind of love to me [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Vera Zorina papers, 1910-2001 (inclusive), 1933-2001 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Jenney, Jack, 1910-1945. Papers, 1930-1945. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963. [Concerto, clarinet, orchestra. Draft] : autograph manuscript, 1947 9 Aug. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. From both sides now [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. [Benny Goodman collection [microform] : musical arrangements performed by Goodman]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Hugh Morton Photographs and Films,  , late 1920s-2006, (bulk 1940s-1990s) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. North Carolina Collection.
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. I got rhythm [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Wescher, Paul, b. 1894. Paul and Mary Wescher papers, 1920-1976 (bulk 1949-1976). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Benny Goodman collection [microform] : musical arrangements performed by Goodman. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Doctor Heckle and Mister Jazz [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. I gotta right to sing the blues [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Up up and away [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963. The Paul Hindemith collection, 1901-1993 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Get happy [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Plaut, Frederick, 1907-1985. The Frederick and Rose Plaut papers, 1907-1986 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Bracco, Francis Paul. Paramount Theatre stage manager's records, 1936-1956. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn People of Indianapolis, 1983 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Windy [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Manne, Shelly. Shelly Manne collection, 1940-1980 Library of Congress
referencedIn Burkat, Leonard, 1919-1992. The Leonard Burkat papers, 1943-1981 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Doctor Heckle and Mister Jazz [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Armed Forces Radio Service. Command performance [sound recording]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Somebody stole my gal [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Good morning sunshine [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. I'll never fall in love again [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Windy [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. You made me so very happy [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Johnny Green additional papers, 1923-1989. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990. Leonard Bernstein collection : Part II, circa 1900-1994 (bulk 1933-1990). Library of Congress
referencedIn Witman, Arthur, 1902-1991. 35mm negative collection, 1936-1969. University of Missouri - St Louis, University Libraries, Thomas Jefferson, St. Louis Mercantile Library, (former branch Ward E. Barnes)
referencedIn Beach, Ed. Edward Beach collection, 1940-1975 (bulk 1950-1975). Library of Congress
creatorOf Shertzer, Hymie. Papers, 1928-1981. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Howard, Cy. Westinghouse presents-- "Music U.S.A." / written by Cy Howard. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Dinah / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Spinning wheel [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Undercurrent [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Boys, Richard Charles, 1912-. Correspondence, 1949-1954. University of Michigan
creatorOf Jones, Jo, 1911-1985. Sailin' / Teddy Wilson, p ; Jo Jones, trp ; Benny Goodman, clar... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Up up and away [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Margaret Carson papers, 1935-2007, 1970s-1990s The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Watch what happens [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Morton, Hugh M. Hugh Morton photographs and films: People and events, late 1920s-early 2000s (bulk 1940s-1990s) (Series 2). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. You brought a new kind of love to me [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Rome, Harold, 1908-1993. The Harold Rome papers, 1873-1988 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963. The Paul Hindemith collection, 1901-1993 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Photographs: Index. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Neat Stuff Collectables. Jazz Playbill Collection, 1923-1952. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Treasury. 1775 - 2005. General Records Relating to Bond Sales Promotion
referencedIn Southern Folklife Collection Artist Name File, 1940-2005 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
referencedIn Bellson, Louis. Louis Bellson collection, 1943-1996 (bulk ca. 1950-ca. 1970). Library of Congress
referencedIn Leonard Bernstein Collection, circa 1900-1994, (bulk 1933-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Rome, Harold, 1908-1993. The Harold Rome papers, 1873-1988 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn New York Times Company records. Arthur Hays Sulzberger papers, 1823-1999 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Earle, Eugene. Eugene Earle collection, 1939-1980s. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf NCSA Jazz Ensemble. NCSA Jazz Ensemble [sound recording]. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
referencedIn Burkat, Leonard, 1919-. The Leonard Burkat papers, 1943-1981 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn The Mel Powell Papers, 1942-1991, inclusive Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Cesana, Otto, 1899-1980. [Collection of nine issues of Musical digest containing articles on African American music, musicians, and jazz]. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Love theme from Romeo and Juliet [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Phoebe Jacobs Jazz collection, 1951-2002 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Good morning sunshine [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Dorle Soria papers, 1930-1991 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Spinning wheel [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Scrapbook on popular musicians [1938-1940]. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. The Benny Goodman papers, 1933-1982 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. I'll never fall in love again [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Michaux, Henri, 1899-1984. Les emanglons [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Michaux, Henri, 1899-1984. Les emanglons [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. From both sides now [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. Love theme from Romeo and Juliet [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. The Benny Goodman papers, 1933-1982 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Jacobs, Phoebe,. Phoebe Jacobs Jazz collection, 1951-2002. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Clayton, Buck, 1911-1991. Why I was born [Multimédia multisupport] / Teddy Wilson, p ; Bick Clayton, trp ; Benny Goodman, clar... [et al.]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf NCSA Jazz Ensemble. Jazz Ensemble [sound recording]. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
creatorOf Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986. You made me so very happy [Multimédia multisupport] / Benny Goodman, clar. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
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Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
United States
Subject
Jazz
Dance orchestra music--Scores and parts
Music
Popular music
Clarinet with dance orchestra--Scores and parts
Music--20th century
Musicians--Interviews
Clarinet with jazz ensemble--Scores and parts
Big band music--Scores and parts
Occupation
Composers
Performer
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Birth 1909-05-30

Death 1986-06-13

Americans

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