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 January 10th, 1972 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1933
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, songwriter, arranger
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 65 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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Goodman, Al," accessed May 12, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109147.
Goodman, Al. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 12, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109147.
"Goodman, Al." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 12 May 2021.
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