Biography

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".

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".

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 20

Birthday 1909-05-30

Day of Death 1986-06-13

Place of Birth Chicago - Illinois - USA

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Also Known As

  • Benjamin David Goodman
  • The King of Swing

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2000 The Sid Caesar Collection: The Magic of Live TV
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors (1 episode)
1978 Bio’s Bahnhof (1 episode)
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1959 The Big Party (13 episodes)
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1 episode)
1950 Star Time (33 episodes)
1948 A Song Is Born as Professor Magenbruch
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (1 episode)
1946 Make Mine Music as Himself
1944 Sweet and Low-Down as Himself
1944 The Shining Future as Self
1943 The Gang's All Here as Himself
1943 Stage Door Canteen as Conductor of the Benny Goodman Orchestra
1943 The Powers Girl as Himself
1942 Syncopation as Benny Goodman
1941 Birth of the Blues as Himself, Benny Goodman (archive footage)
1937 Hollywood Hotel as Leader of His Orchestra
1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937 as Himself
1929 Me and the Boys

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