Benny Goodman

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Clarinet Player
Date of Birth May 30, 1909
Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death Jun 13, 1986 (77)
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Benny Goodman

Benjamin David Goodman was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938 is described by 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 started the careers of many jazz musicians. During an era of racial segregation, he led one of the first integrated jazz groups. He performed nearly to the end of his life while exploring an interest in classical music.

Birth name: Benjamin David Goodman
Born: May 30, 1909, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: June 13, 1986, New York City, U.S.
Genres: Jazz, swing
Occupation(s): Musician, bandleader, songwriter
Instruments: Clarinet
Years active: 1926–1986
Labels: Columbia, RCA Victor
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About Benny Goodman

Bandleader and clarinetist who defined the Swing Era of music. He was appropriately known as the King of Swing.

Before Fame

He joined one of Chicago's top bands at 16, the Ben Pollack Orchestra. He himself would have one of the greatest bands of the 1930s, and his Carnegie Hall concert of 1938 was largely credited with making jazz a respectable genre of music.


He appeared in The Big Broadcast of 1937, Syncopation, The Powers Girl, and many other musical features. His life was dramatized in 1955 in The Benny Goodman Story starring Steve Allen and Donna Reed.

Family Life

He grew up with 11 other siblings in a poor Jewish family that had immigrated to the United States from the Russian Empire. He married Alice Hammond Duckworth on March 21, 1942, and they had two daughters together.


He was also known for his classical recordings, the first of which was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A major, which he recorded with the Budapest Quartet in April 1938.

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