Al Goodman

Al Goodman (August 12, 1890 in Nikopol, Ukraine – January 10, 1972 in New York City, New York) was a conductor, songwriter, stage composer, musical director, arranger, and pianist.

Graduate of the Baltimore City College and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, musician in a nickelodeon, and chorus boy in one of the Milton Aborn's operettas, Goodman was first introduced to musical comedy by the late Earl Carroll, who persuaded him to collaborate in producing his musical, So Long Letty.

The success, followed by the hit "Sinbad," which he produced with Al Jolson, led to positions as orchestra conductor for many Broadway productions including the highly successful Flyin’ High, The Student Prince, and Blossom Time. In all, during this period of his career, Goodman directed over 150 first-night performances and became one of the Great White Way's most popular conductors.

He was in such demand that it was not uncommon for him to conduct the orchestra of a show for the first few performances, and then hand the baton over to another while he prepared for a new production. In addition to his many assignments as one of RCA Victor's most talented conductors and arrangers, Goodman was kept busy directing the music for various radio network shows including The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air (1932), Palmolive Beauty Box Theater (1935-1937), Your Hit Parade (1935-1938), The Fred Allen Show (1945-1949), and his pet program, The Prudential Family.

During television's early years, Al Goodman was tapped to supervise and conduct the music for NBC's variety showcase Colgate Comedy Hour programs done from New York City.

Goodman wrote some memorable songs such as "When Hearts Are Young", "Call of Love" and "Twilight". He also worked on several musicals such as The Band Wagon, Good News and Ziegfeld Follies.


Birth and Death Data: Born August 12th, 1890 (Nikopol), Died New York City

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, songwriter, arranger

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 62 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-25421 10-in. 6/1/1921 A baby in love Hackel-Bergè Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-27154 10-in. 11/15/1922 When hearts are young Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-27496 10-in. 2/16/1923 Man in the moon The Troubadours Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-27629 10-in. 2/28/1923 Caroline Great White Way Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-27794 10-in. 5/3/1923 When hearts are young Olive Kline Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-28742 10-in. 10/15/1923 Music of love International Novelty Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-33307 10-in. 8/13/1925 The promenade walk Johnny Hamp ; Kentucky Serenaders Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-36583 10-in. 11/8/1926 Someone Jan Garber Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-81104 10-in. 12/26/1933 Masquerading in the name of love Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia 80551 10-in. 9/17/1922 I came, I saw, I fell Ray Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80651 10-in. 11/3/1922 When hearts are young Paul Specht Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80858 10-in. 2/10/1923 I've been wanting you Columbians Dance Orchestra De Luxe Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80895 10-in. 3/12/1923 Argentine Ray Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 81110 10-in. 7/5/1923 When hearts are young Barbara Maurel Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W140869 10-in. 8/27/1925 The promenade walk Sam Lanin Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W142940 10-in. 11/17/1926 Someone Frank Harris ; The Knickerbockers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
OKeh S-7149 10-in. ca. Jan. 1920 Linger longer Letty Helen Clark ; Joseph A. Phillips Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
OKeh o-8170 10-in. ca. Apr. 1921 A baby in love Green Brothers' Novelty Band Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-71017 10-in. Nov. 1922 When hearts are young Chester Gaylord ; Justin Ring Saxophone and piano duet composer  
OKeh S-71456 10-in. Apr. 1923 Argentine Markel's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh 73514 10-in. July 1925 The promenade walk Tickle Toe Ten Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W404247 10-in. 7/1/1930 When hearts are young Phil Spitalny Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick 9167 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 When hearts are young Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 10194-10196 10-in. 3/28/1923 Argentine Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E16660-E16663 10-in. 10/12/1925 Promenade walk Cinderella Roof Orchestra ; Herb Wiedoeft Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 1-25 of 62 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Goodman, Al," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109147.

Goodman, Al. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109147.

"Goodman, Al." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 October 2020.

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