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Benny Goodman was the initial celebrated bandleader from the Golf swing Period, dubbed “The Ruler of Golf swing,” his popular introduction marking the start of the period. He was an achieved clarinetist whose exclusive playing provided an identification both to his big music group and to small models he led concurrently. Typically the most popular number of the 1st few years from the Golf swing Period, he continued to execute until his loss of life 50 years later on. Goodman was the child of Russian immigrants David Goodman, a tailor, and Dora Rezinsky Goodman. He 1st started acquiring clarinet lessons at ten in a synagogue, and he became a member of the music group at Hull Home, a settlement house. He produced his professional debut at 12 and slipped out of senior high school at 14 to become musician. At 16, in August 1925, he became a member of the Ben Pollack music group, with which he produced his initial released music group recordings in Dec 1926. His initial recordings under his very own name were manufactured in January 1928. At 20, in Sept 1929, he still left Pollack to stay in NY and are a freelance musician, functioning at documenting sessions, radio schedules, and in the pit rings of Broadway musicals. He also produced recordings under his very own name with pickup rings, first achieving the graphs with “He’s Not really Value Your Tears” (vocal by Scrappy Lambert) on Melotone Information in January 1931. He agreed upon to Columbia Information in nov 1934 and reached the very best Ten in early 1934 with “Ain’t Cha Happy?” (vocal by Jack port Teagarden), “Riffin’ the Scotch” (vocal by Billie Vacation), and “Ol’ Pappy” (vocal by Mildred Bailey), and in the springtime with “I Ain’t Sluggish, I’m Simply Dreamin'” (vocal by Jack port Teagarden). These record successes and an give to execute at Billy Rose’s Music Hall influenced Goodman to arrange a permanent carrying out orchestra, which offered its first overall performance on June 1, 1934. His instrumental saving of “Moon Shine” hit number 1 in July, and he obtained two more TOP strikes within the fall using the instrumentals “Consider My Term” and “Bugle Contact Rag.” Following a four-and-a-half-month stay in the Music Hall, he was authorized for the Sunday night time Let’s Dance system on NBC radio, playing the final hour from the three-hour display. During the half a year he allocated to the display, he obtained another six TOP strikes on Columbia, after that turned to RCA Victor, that he documented five more TOP strikes by the finish of the entire year. After departing Let’s Dance, Goodman undertook a nationwide tour in the summertime of 1935. It had been not particularly effective until he reached the Western world Coastline, where his portion of Let’s Dance have been noticed three hours sooner than in the East Coastline. His performance on the Palomar Ballroom near LA on August 21, 1935, was a magnificent success, remembered because the date which the Swing Period started. He shifted to some six-month residency on the Congress Resort in Chicago, from November. He have scored 15 TOP strikes in 1936, like the chart-toppers “IT HAS BEEN SUCH A LONG TIME,” “Goody-Goody,” “The Glory of Like,” “These Foolish Items Remind Me of You,” and “You Changed the Furniture on Me” (all vocals by Helen Ward). He became the sponsor of the air series The Camel Caravan, which went before end of 1939, and in Oct 1936, the orchestra produced its film debut within the Big Broadcast of 1937. Exactly the same month, Goodman started a residency on the Pa Resort in NY. Goodman’s next number 1 hit, in Feb 1937, highlighted Ella Fitzgerald on vocals and was the band’s initial hit with brand-new trumpeter Harry Adam. It had been also the to begin six TOP strikes during the calendar year, like the chart-topping “This Year’s Kisses” (vocal by Margaret McCrae). In Dec, the band made an appearance in another film, Hollywood Resort. The peak of Goodman’s renown within the 1930s arrived on January 16, 1938, when he performed a concert at Carnegie Hall, but he continued to rating 14 TOP strikes during the yr, among them the quantity ones “YOU SHOULDN’T BE THIS WAY” (an instrumental) and “I Allow a Music Walk out My Center” (vocal by Martha Tilton), along with the exciting instrumental “Sing, Sing, Sing (Having a Golf swing),” which later on was inducted in to the Grammy Hall of Popularity. By 1939, Goodman got lost such key instrumentalists as Gene Krupa and Harry Wayne, who remaining to found their very own rings, and he experienced significant competition from recently emerged bandleaders such as for example Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller. But he still were able to rating eight TOP strikes during the yr, like the chart-topper “As well as the Angels Sing” (vocal by Martha Tilton), another inductee towards the Grammy Hall of Popularity. He came back to Columbia Information within the fall. In November, he made an appearance within the Broadway musical Swingin’ the Wish, leading a sextet. The display was short-lived, nonetheless it supplied him using the melody “Darn That Wish” (vocal by Mildred Bailey), which strike number 1 for him in March 1940. It had been the to begin only three TOP strikes he have scored in 1940, his improvement slowed by disease; in July he disbanded briefly and underwent medical procedures for the slipped disk, not really reorganizing until Oct. He have scored two TOP strikes in 1941, among that was the chart-topper “There’ll Become Some Changes Produced” (vocal by Louise Tobin), and he came back to radio along with his personal display. Among his three TOP strikes in 1942 had been the number types “SOMEONE ELSE Is Acquiring My Place” (vocal by Peggy Lee) as well as the instrumental “Shirt Jump.” He also made an appearance within the film Syncopation, released in-may. American admittance into World Battle II as well as the onset of the documenting ban called with the American Federation of Music artists in August 1942 produced things problematic for all performers. Goodman were able to rating several Top Ten strikes, including the number 1 “Going for a Possibility on Like” (vocal by Helen Forrest), in 1943, attracted from material documented before the start of ban. And he utilized his leisure time to operate in films, showing up in three through the yr: The Forces Young lady (January), Stage Door Canteen (July), as well as the Gang’s All Right here (Dec). Goodman disbanded in March 1944. He made an appearance within the film Special and Low-Down in Sept and used a quintet within the Broadway revue Seven Lively Arts, which opened up Dec 7 and went 182 performances. On the other hand, the music artists union hit was resolved, freeing him to return into the documenting studio. In Apr 1945, his compilation record Popular Jazz reached the very best Ten for the recently instituted record graphs. He reorganized his big music group and have scored three TOP strikes during the season, included in this “Gotta End up being This or That” (vocal by Benny Goodman), which simply missed hitting number 1. “Symphony” (vocal by Liza Morrow) also emerged close to striking number 1 in early 1946, and Benny Goodman Sextet Program did hit number 1 on the recording graphs in-may 1946. Goodman hosted a radio series with Victor Borge in 1946-1947, and he continuing to record, switching to Capitol Information. He made an appearance within the film A Track EXISTS in Oct 1948 and in the mean time attempted bebop in his big music group. But in Dec 1949, he disbanded, though he continuing to organize organizations on a short-term basis for trips and documenting sessions. If well-known music had mainly handed Goodman by by 1950, his viewers was not sick and tired of hearing his classic music. He uncovered a documenting that were manufactured from his 1938 Carnegie Hall concert and Columbia Information released it on LP in November 1950 as Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert, Vol. 1 & 2. It spent per year within the graphs, getting the best-selling jazz record ever up compared to that period, and was afterwards inducted in to the Grammy Hall of Popularity. A follow-up record of airchecks, Benny Goodman 1937-1938: Jazz Concert No. 2, strike number 1 in Dec 1952. The rise from the high fidelity 12″ LP led Goodman to re-record his strikes for the Capitol recording B.G. in Hi-Fi, which reached the very best Ten in March 1955. A 12 months later, he previously another TOP recording of re-recordings using the soundtrack recording for his film biography, The Benny Goodman Tale, where he was portrayed by Steve Allen but dubbed in his personal playing. Following a tour of china and taiwan in 1956-1957, Goodman progressively performed abroad. His 1962 tour from the U.S.S.R. led to the chart record Benny Goodman in Moscow. In 1963, RCA Victor staged a studio room reunion from the Benny Goodman Quartet from the 1930s, offering Goodman, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, and Lionel Hampton. The effect was the 1964 graph record Together Once again! Goodman recorded much less often in his old age, though he reached the graphs in 1971 with Benny Goodman Today, documented reside in Stockholm. His last record to become released before his loss of life from a coronary attack at 77 was Let’s Dance, a tv soundtrack, which gained a Grammy nomination for Greatest Jazz Instrumental Overall performance, Big Music group. Goodman’s lengthy profession and his well-known success specifically in the 1930s and ’40s offers resulted in a massive catalog. His main recordings are on Columbia and RCA Victor, but Music Experts has released some archival discs from his personal collection, and several small labels have got released airchecks. The recordings continue steadily to demonstrate Goodman’s exceptional abilities as an instrumentalist so when a bandleader.

Quick Facts


Full Name Benny Goodman
Date Of Birth January 15, 1909
Died June 13, 1986, New York City, New York, United States
Height 1.72 m
Profession Actor, Drummer, Composer, Songwriter, Bandleader, Clarinetist
Nationality American
Spouse Patty Bowler, Ethel McGuire, Alice Hammond Duckworth, Ethel McGuire
Children Benjie Goodman, Mary Grace Krupa, Michael Krupa, Rachel Goodman
Parents Dora Grisinsky, David Goodman
Siblings Harry Goodman
Awards Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, American Music Award of Merit
Music Songs Sing Sing Sing, Don't Be That Way, Stompin' at the Savoy, Moonglow, King Porter Stomp, After You've Gone, Jersey Bounce, Memories of You, One o'Clock Jump, Goody Goody, Flying Home, Down South Camp Meetin', Bugle Call Rag, Bei Mir Bist du Schon, You Turned The Tables On Me, Oh, Lady Be Good!, Clarinet a La King, Gotta Be This or That, All the Cats Join In, Swingtime in the Rockies, Stealin' Apples, Sometimes I'm Happy, Life Goes to a Party, Air Mail Special, The Man I Love, Big John's Special, Concerto For Clarinet, Strings, Harp And Piano, Benny Rides Again, Drum Boogie, Somebody Stole My Gal, If I Had You, This Year's Kisses
Albums 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert, Peggy Lee Sings with Benny Goodman, B.G. in Hi-Fi, Benny Goodman - Let’s Dance, Benny Goodman in Moscow, The Benny Goodman Band, The Birth of Swing, Benny Goodman Combos, Benny Goodman-Small Group, Benny Goodman: Stardust, Benny Goodman On The Air, Benny Goodman, Jazz Masters Deluxe Collection, Benny Goodman Greatest Hits, Great Vocalists Of Our Time, Krupa Rocks (Remastered), Benny Live, Wonderful Swing, Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major (Remastered), Toscanini - Gershwin, The Ambassador with a Clarinet, Vol. 2, Essential Benny Goodman, Vol. 3, Gene Krupa Selected Favorites Volume 7, The Gang's All Here, Complete Jazz Series 1935, Swing Greats: Benny Goodman, At Carnegie Hall (1938) [Remastered], The Complete Small Combinations Volumes 1 & 2, Complete Jazz Series 1953 - 1954, Complete Jazz Series 1945 - 1946, Let Me Off Uptown, The Complete Benny Goodman (1935-1939), Jeepers Creepers, Lazy River Vol 1, Big Bands (Benny Goodman And His Orchestra Volume 6 1937-38), All I Do Is Dream of You, The Ultimate Jazz Archive (Vol. 9), Goodman: Plays Mozart, Benny Goodman Selected Favorites Volume 19, Complete Jazz Series 1946, Jersey Bounce, Complete Jazz Series 1945 Vol. 2, Benny Goodman in Moscow Record One (Remastered), Waitin’ At the Gate (Remastered), Dark Eyes, The Complete Benny Goodman (1934-1936), Ze Best - Gene Krupa, The Last Round Up, Benny Goodman from A to Z, Vol. 1, Complete Jazz Series 1946 - 1947, Big Band Gold Collection ( Benny Goodman 1936 - 37 ), Ball of Fire
Movies Hollywood Hotel, A Song Is Born, The Gang's All Here, Stage Door Canteen, Sweet and Low-Down, The Powers Girl, Make Mine Music, The Benny Goodman Story, Upbeat in Music, Syncopation, Some Like It Hot, Ball of Fire, Beat the Band, Glamour Girl, Road to Victory, A Sheep on the Roof, The Sacred Flame, Benny Goodman at the Tivoli, The Underground Man, Benny Goodman: Live at Basin Street East, Jazz Ball
TV Shows Star Time, The Big Party, Cavalcade of Bands, America's Greatest Bands


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#Fact
1 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6101 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 337-340. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
3 His funeral included a nonsectarian service and Bible passages read by all five of his daughters. His Eulogy was given by his attorney and friend, Bill Hyland.
4 He had two daughters: Rachel (born May 2, 1943) and Benjie (born April, 1946). He also had three step-daughters: Gillian, Shirley, and Sophia. All five daughters grew up in Benny's house.
5 Charter inductee of the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1978.
6 Benny Goodman was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
7 Pictured on one of a set of four 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, issued 11 September 1996, celebrating big band leaders. Other band leaders honored in this issue are Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller.
8 Interred at Long Ridge Cemetery, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
9 Clarinetist/orchestra leader.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Allied 2016 writer: "Flying Home"
tap tap tap 2015 Short "Sing, Sing, Sing"
American Horror Story 2015 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The Intern 2015/I performer: "Ain't Misbehavin'"
Little Boy 2015 writer: "If Dreams Come True"
Dancing with the Stars 2014 TV Series 1 episode
The Marty Stuart Show 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cesar Chavez 2014 performer: "Darktown Strutters Ball"
Six by Sondheim 2013 TV Movie documentary performer: "You Must Meet My Wife"
Waterloo Road 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Average Consumer 2013 TV Series short performer - 1 episode
Bill W. 2012 Documentary performer: "I'm Like a Fish Out of Water", "Body & Soul"
Banda sonora TV Series writer - 1 episode, 2012 performer - 1 episode, 2008
The Restorers {They Were All Volunteers} 2011 Documentary writer: "Stompin' at the Savoy"
Mildred Pierce TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
The Future 2011 performer: "Where or When"
Michael Feinstein's American Songbook 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "SING, SING, SING WITH A SWING"
Frankie Manning: Ambassador of the Lindy Hop 2010 Video documentary short writer: "Stompin' At The Savoy"
Los nuevos y clásicos bloopers 2010 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Pacific 2010 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Cold Case 2005-2009 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Glorious 39 2009 performer: "Walkin' & Swingin'"
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing 2009 Video documentary performer: "Why Don't You Do Right?" - uncredited
August 2008 performer: "After You've Gone"
The Water Horse 2007 performer: "It's Only a Paper Moon"
Big Love 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Melba Moore: Live in Concert 2007 Video writer: "Air Mail Special"
The Sopranos 2000-2007 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Music and Lyrics 2007 performer: "Flying Home", "Rose Room", "It's Tight Like That" / writer: "Flying Home"
An American Girl on the Home Front 2006 TV Movie "Sing Sing Sing With a Swing"
Hollywoodland 2006 writer: "Flying Home"
So You Think You Can Dance 2005-2006 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
End of the Spear 2005 performer: "Don't Be That Way" / writer: "Don't Be That Way"
Cinderella Man 2005 writer: "Don't Be That Way" 1934
Carnivàle 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Exorcist: The Beginning 2004 performer: "We'll Meet Again"
The Notebook 2004 performer: "Always and Always", "One O'Clock Jump" - uncredited
Independent Lens 2004 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Crooked Lines 2003 performer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
Mona Lisa Smile 2003 writer: "Flying Home"
Miss Match 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
I Capture the Castle 2003 writer: "Stompin' At The Savoy" - as Goodman
Below 2002 performer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With A Swing"
Hollywood Ending 2002 performer: "Hooray for Hollywood" 1937
Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew 2002 Documentary writer: "Airmail Special" - as Goodman
Hart's War 2002 performer: "Idaho"
Livshunger 2002 TV Series music - 1 episode
Great Performances: Dance in America 2001 TV Series 1 episode
Pollock 2000 performer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Small Time Crooks 2000 writer: "Stompin' at the Savoy"
U-571 2000 performer: "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz"
American Masters 1999 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
La fille sur le pont 1999 performer: "Sing, Sing, Sing", "Bugle Call Rag", "Goodbye"
California's Gold 1999 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The X-Files 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg 1998 Documentary writer: "Air Mail Special"
The Myth of Fingerprints 1997 writer: "Don't Be That Way"
The Game 1997 writer: "Life Goes To A Party"
Deconstructing Harry 1997 performer: "Sing Sing Sing With a Swing" 1936, "Christopher Columbus" 1936
Private Parts 1997 performer: "Moonglow"
My Fellow Americans 1996 writer: "Don't Be That Way"
The English Patient 1996 performer: "Wang Wang Blues" 1921, "One O'Clock Jump" 1933
How to Make an American Quilt 1995 performer: "Riffin' at the Ritz"
The Grass Harp 1995 performer: "STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY", "CLOSE YOUR EYES", "YOU BROUGHT A NEW KIND OF LOVE TO ME", "DON'T BE THAT WAY", "SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL" / writer: "STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY", "DON'T BE THAT WAY"
Le confessionnal 1995 writer: "Dark rapture"
Cari fottutissimi amici 1994 performer: "SING SING SING"
Baseball 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 2 episodes
The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 "Flying Home"
Swing Kids 1993 performer: "BUGLE CALL RAG", "SWINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES", "FLAT FOOT FLOOGEE", "GOODNIGHT, MY LOVE" / writer: "LIFE GOES TO A PARTY", "SWINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES"
Malcolm X 1992 writer: "Flying Home"
Mr. Saturday Night 1992 performer: "After You've Gone", "Something New", "How High the Moon"
A League of Their Own 1992 writer: "Flying Home"
Northern Exposure 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lucky Luke 1991 writer: "Stompin' At The Savoy" - as Goodman
The Marrying Man 1991 writer: "STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY"
American Experience 1991 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Memphis Belle 1990 writer: "Flying Home"
When Harry Met Sally... 1989 writer: "Stompin' At The Savoy", "Don't Be That Way"
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 performer: "You're a Sweet Little Headache" 1939
New York Stories 1989 performer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Crossing Delancey 1988 performer: "IT HAD TO BE YOU"
Big Business 1988 performer: "Sing Sing Sing "
Laguna Heat 1987 TV Movie performer: "You Go To My Head"
Hope and Glory 1987 performer: "Flat Foot Floogie"
In the Mood 1987 writer: "STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY", "DON'T BE THAT WAY"
Radio Days 1987 performer: "Body and Soul" 1930, "Goodbye" 1934
Screen Two 1987 TV Series music - 1 episode
Miss Mary 1986 performer: "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby", "It's Been So Long"
Power 1986 performer: "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Star 80 1983 performer: "Sing Sing Sing"
The Atomic Cafe 1982 Documentary writer: "Flying Home"
Zoot Suit 1981 writer: "Two O'Clock Jump" - uncredited
True Confessions 1981 performer: "Memories of You"
Raggedy Man 1981 performer: "The Lady's In Love With You"
They All Laughed 1981 performer: "SING, SING, SING"
Raging Bull 1980 performer: "Jersey Bounce" 1936
Joe Albany... a Jazz Life 1980 Documentary music: "Stompin' at the Savoy"
Stardust Memories 1980 writer: "If Dreams Come True" 1936 - as B. Goodman
Saturday Night Live 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards 1978 TV Special performer: "Sing, Sing, Sing With a Swing"
F.I.S.T. 1978 writer: "Stompin' at the Savoy" - uncredited
Slither 1973 "Stompin' At The Savoy"
Save the Tiger 1973 writer: "Air Mail Special", "Stompin' At The Savoy"
Happy Days 1970 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Army of Shadows 1969 writer: "Stompin' At The Savoy" - uncredited
Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim 1967 TV Special music: "Stompin' at the Savoy" - uncredited / writer: "Don't Be That Way" - uncredited
The Danny Kaye Show TV Series writer - 1 episode, 1966 performer - 1 episode, 1965
The Lively Ones 1963 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jazz Party 1958 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Kiss Them for Me 1957 music: "Stompin' at the Savoy" - uncredited
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Benny Goodman Story 1956 "Original Dixieland One Step" / performer: "Goodbye" / writer: "Don't Be That Way", "Stompin' At the Savoy"
Omnibus TV Series 1 episode, 1955 performer - 1 episode, 1953
Show Time at the Apollo 1955 TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Love Lucy 1953 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Frank DeVol and His Orchestra 1953 Short writer: "Stompin' at the Savoy"
The Pride of St. Louis 1952 music: "Stompin' at the Savoy" - uncredited
The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue 1952 TV Series music - 1 episode
I'll Get By 1950 music: "Stompin' at the Savoy"
The Stratton Story 1949 music: "Stompin' at the Savoy" - uncredited
A Song Is Born 1948 performer: "Anitra's Boogie", "Stealin' Apples" 1936, "Flying Home" 1939 - uncredited / writer: "Flying Home" 1939 - uncredited
The Drummer Man 1947 Short "Stompin' at the Savoy"
After You've Gone 1946 Short performer: "After You've Gone"
Melody Time 1946 Short writer: "Don't Be That Way" - uncredited
Make Mine Music 1946 performer: "After You've Gone" 1918 - as Goodman
Sweet and Low-Down 1944 arranger: "Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K.581" 1789 - uncredited / music: "Rachel's Dream" 1939, "Stompin' at the Savoy" 1934 - uncredited / performer: "I'm Making Believe" 1944, "Hey Bub! Let's Have a Ball" 1944, "Rachel's Dream" 1939 uncredited, "Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K.581" 1789 uncredited
The Shining Future 1944 Short performer: "Sing, Sing. Sing" - uncredited
The Gang's All Here 1943 performer: "Minnie's in the Money", " I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo", "Paducah" - uncredited / writer: "Soft Winds" - uncredited
Springtime in the Rockies 1942 writer: "Two O'Clock Jump"
Hi Gang! 1941 performer: "Moonglow" - uncredited
Love on Tap 1939 Short music: "Stompin' at the Savoy" 1934
It's in the Stars 1938 Short music: "Stompin' at the Savoy" - uncredited
Man-Proof 1938 music: "Stompin' at the Savoy" 1935 - uncredited
Hollywood Hotel 1937 "I've Got a Heartful of Music" 1937, uncredited / arranger: "Satan's Holiday" 1934 - uncredited
George Hall and His Orchestra 1937 Short music: "Stompin' at the Savoy" - uncredited
Sinner Take All 1936 writer: "Stompin' at the Savoy" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
African Patrol 1958 TV Series Sparkey
A Song Is Born 1948 Professor Magenbruch
Make Mine Music 1946 Benny Goodman
Sweet and Low-Down 1944 Leader of His Band
The Road to Victory 1944 Short Benny Goodman (uncredited)
The Shining Future 1944 Short Benny Goodman
The Gang's All Here 1943 Benny Goodman
Stage Door Canteen 1943 Conductor of the Benny Goodman Orchestra
The Powers Girl 1943 Orchestra Conductor
Syncopation 1942 Benny Goodman
Birth of the Blues 1941 Benny Goodman
Hollywood Hotel 1937 Leader of His Orchestra
The Big Broadcast of 1937 1936 Benny Goodman

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fantasma d'amore 1981 musician: clarinet solo
The Lonely Night 1954 Documentary musician: clarinet
After You've Gone 1946 Short musician: clarinet - as Goodman
All the Cats Join In 1946 Short musician: clarinet

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quidam dégomme 2007 Short
Benny Goodman: Legends in Concert - The Last Performance 2004 TV Movie
Ça va plaire 1980 TV Movie

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Benny Goodman: Legends in Concert - The Last Performance 2004 TV Movie
Sweet and Low-Down 1944 contributor to story - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself
Drei mal neun 1971 TV Series Himself - Musician
The Bell Telephone Hour 1960-1966 TV Series Himself - Clarinetist / Himself - Clarinetist in the Orchestra / Themselves - Jazz Combo / ...
The Danny Kaye Show 1965 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-1965 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Lively Ones 1963 TV Series Himself - Clarinetist / Himself - Performer
The World of Benny Goodman 1963 TV Movie Himself
What's My Line? 1950-1962 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
Carnegie Hall Salutes Jack Benny 1961 TV Special Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-1960 TV Series Himself / Clarinetist / Band Leader
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1960 TV Series Himself
The Big Party 1959 TV Series Himself
Swing Into Spring! 1959 TV Movie Himself
The Garry Moore Show 1959 TV Series Himself
The All-Star Christmas Show 1958 TV Movie Himself
Studio One in Hollywood 1958 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Big Record 1957 TV Series Himself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957 TV Series Himself
The DuPont Show of the Month 1957 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Washington Square 1957 TV Series Himself
Benny Goodman Orchestra 1957 TV Movie Himself - Clarinet
Allen in Movieland 1955 TV Movie Himself
The Martha Raye Show 1955 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1954 TV Series documentary Himself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1953 TV Series Himself - Guest Clarinetist
Omnibus 1953 TV Series Himself
Wonderful Town, U.S.A. 1951 TV Series Himself
Kreisler Bandstand 1951 TV Series Himself
Showtime, U.S.A. 1950 TV Series Himself
Star Time 1950 TV Series Himself - Musician
Upbeat in Music 1943 Documentary short Himself - Band Leader
Ben Pollack and His Park Central Orchestra 1929 Short Himself / Clarinet (uncredited)
Me and the Boys 1929 Short Himself / Clarinet
Jazz 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Benny Goodman: Let's Dance - A Musical Tribute 1986 TV Movie Himself
The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
Åke Hasselgård story 1983 Documentary
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1982 TV Special Himself - Honoree
Signature 1981 TV Series Himself - Guest
Good Morning America 1979 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1978 TV Series Himself - Musician
Mitzi... What's Hot, What's Not 1978 TV Special Himself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
Evening at Pops 1974 TV Series documentary Himself
This Is Your Life 1973 TV Series Himself (on tape)
Timex All-Star Swing Festival 1972 TV Special Himself
Le grand échiquier 1972 TV Series Himself
Parkinson 1971 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Starlight Ballroom 2015 TV Movie Himself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
To Russia with Jazz 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Michael Feinstein's American Songbook 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Io sono Tony Scott, ovvero come l'Italia fece fuori il più grande clarinettista del jazz 2010 Documentary Himself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
My Music: The Big Band Years 2009 TV Movie Himself
Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon 2008 Documentary Himself
Great Performances 2003-2005 TV Series Himself
Fanfare for America: The Composer Aaron Copland 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Sid Caesar Collection: The Magic of Live TV 2000 Video documentary Himself
American Masters 1993-1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The Century: America's Time 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Benny Goodman's Greatest Hits 1997 TV Movie Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself
The Ladies Sing the Blues 1989 Himself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals 1974 TV Movie Himself
Music Land 1955 Orchestra Leader
For Auld Lang Syne 1938 Documentary short Himself: Clip from 'Hollywood Hotel' (uncredited)

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#Quote
1 There's no one else like her, and I presume there never will be. (on friend Peggy Lee)

#Trademark
1 Theme songs: "Let's Dance" (opening theme), "Goodbye" (closing theme)

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