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Benny Goodman

Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) 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 and Death Data: Born May 30th, 1909 (Chicago), Died June 13th, 1986 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, director, leader, composer, alto saxophone, songwriter, baritone saxophone, arranger, saxophone, vocalist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 368 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-59800 10-in. 5/21/1930 Rockin' chair Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-62301 10-in. 5/21/1930 Barnacle Bill, the sailor Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra ; Carson Robison Jazz/dance band, with 2 male vocal solos and male vocal chorus instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-83184 10-in. 7/16/1934 Georgia jubilee Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-89516 10-in. 4/4/1935 Hunkadola Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-89517 10-in. 4/4/1935 I'm livin' in a great big way Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Buddy Clark Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-89518 10-in. 4/4/1935 Hooray for love Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-89519 10-in. 4/4/1935 The Dixieland band Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-89566 10-in. 4/19/1935 Japanese sandman Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-89567 10-in. 4/19/1935 You're a heavenly thing Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-89568 10-in. 4/19/1935 Restless Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-89569 10-in. 4/19/1935 Always Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-92210 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 Makin' whoopee Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-92211 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 I would do most anything for you Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-92212 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 Rose room Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-92213 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 Pardon my love Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-92214 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 St. Louis blues Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-92215 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 Can't we be friends Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor MS-92216 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 Royal Garden blues Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor MS-92217 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 When we're alone Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor MS-92218 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 Sometimes I'm happy Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor MS-92219 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 Anything goes Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor MS-92220 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 Down by the river Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor MS-92221 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 Ding dong daddy from Dumas Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor MS-92222 16-in. (33-1/3 rpm) approximately late April 1935 Stompin' at the Savoy Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-92520 10-in. 6/25/1935 Get rhythm in your feet (And music in your soul) Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Helen Ward Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
(Results 1-25 of 368 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Goodman, Benny," accessed December 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103384.

Goodman, Benny. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103384.

"Goodman, Benny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 December 2021.

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