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 12, 1890 (Nikopol), Died January 10, 1972 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1949
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, conductor, songwriter, arranger
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 95 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|
|Victor||D4RC-0698||12-in.||12/27/1944||Strange music||Al Goodman ; James Melton||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||D4RC-0699||12-in.||12/27/1944||There's beauty everywhere||Al Goodman ; James Melton||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||D4RB-0723||10-in.||12/27/1944||Our waltz||Al Goodman ; James Melton||Tenor vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||D4RB-0724||10-in.||12/27/1944||Holiday for strings||Al Goodman ; James Melton||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||conductor|
|Victor||D5VB-0692||10-in.||10/22/1945||L'amour, toujours l'amour||Al Goodman Orchestra ; Al Goodman||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||leader|
|Victor||D5VB-0694||10-in.||10/22/1945||Indian love call||Al Goodman Orchestra ; Al Goodman||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||leader|
|Victor||D5VB-0696||10-in.||10/22/1945||Ma belle||Al Goodman Orchestra ; Al Goodman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||leader|
|Victor||D5VB-0698||10-in.||10/22/1945||The donkey serenade||Al Goodman Orchestra ; Al Goodman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||leader|
|Victor||D5VB-0895||10-in.||12/10/1945||Giannina mia||Al Goodman Orchestra ; Al Goodman||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||leader|
|Victor||D5VB-0896||10-in.||12/10/1945||Only a rose||Al Goodman Orchestra ; Al Goodman||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||leader|
|Victor||D5VB-0979||10-in.||12/12/1945||Song of the vagabonds||Al Goodman Orchestra ; Al Goodman ; Guild Choristers||Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra||leader|
|Victor||D5VB-0995||10-in.||12/19/1945||Give me one hour||Al Goodman Orchestra ; Al Goodman||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||leader|
|Victor||D9VC-0978||12-in.||3/1/1949||South Pacific hits||Al Goodman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Victor||D9VC-0979||12-in.||3/1/1949||South Pacific hits--concluded||Al Goodman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Victor||D9VB-1635||10-in.||6/14/1949||A cock-eyed optimist||Al Goodman Orchestra ; Sandra Deel||Female vocal solo, with jazz/band||leader|
|Victor||D9VB-1636||10-in.||6/14/1949||Some enchanted evening||Al Goodman Orchestra ; Dickinson Eastham||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Goodman, Al," accessed December 3, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109147.
Goodman, Al. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109147.
"Goodman, Al." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 December 2022.
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