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Benny Goodman

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Birthday
30, 1909
Birthplace
Chicago, IL
Death Date
Jun 13, 1986 (77)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
30, 1909
Birthplace
Chicago, IL
Death Date
Jun 13, 1986 (77)

About

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.

Trivia

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.

Associated With

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.