Goodman's daughter Rachel became a classical pianist. When he heard Thelonious Monk, he said, "I like it, I like that very much. [11], Goodman moved to New York City and became a session musician for radio, Broadway musicals, and in studios. In 1938, when the band's second film, ''Hollywood Hotel,'' opened in New York, The New York Times film critic, Frank Nugent, reported: ''You Arthur Rollini (brother of Adrian), saxophonist, and Hymie Schertzer. In fact, Time magazine dubbed him "the King of Swing." included Claude Thornhill, the pianist, who soon returned to studio work, and three musicians who remained with Mr. Goodman through the band's early days of glory - Red Ballard, trombonist: Bespectacled jazz clarinetist. off, that hadn't gotten the breaks.''. Mr. Goodman heard Lionel Hampton leading a band at the Paradise Cafe and, after enjoying an after-hours jam session with him, persuaded Mr. Hampton to add his vibraphone to the trio, making it a Goodman started playing "Rose Room" on the assumption that Christian didn't know it, but his performance impressed everyone. He also got his opening signature, ''Let's Dance,'' from "[27] The crowd broke into cheers and applause. But the general public seized on ''swing'' ''His music had a kind of lilt, a feel. [34] Goodman enjoyed bebop. actually played for five hours because, in those pretape days, the program had to be played a second time for the West Coast. Benny introduced us as Mr. Lionel Hampton and Mr. Teddy Wilson. One of Goodman's closest friends was Columbia producer John Hammond, who influenced Goodman's move from Victor to Columbia. Benny Goodman, from the 'thirties to his death, only employed musicians of the first order. [37], He made a recording of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in July 1956 with the Boston Symphony String Quartet at the Berkshire Festival; on the same occasion he recorded Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Munch. Benny Goodman grew up in Chicago, and worked as a clarinetist for various bands before winding up in New York. around in amazement. In 1933, he met a young jazz fan and jazz activist, John Hammond, whose enthusiasm, insight and energy were to have a profound effect on the careers of Mr. Goodman, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and '', Mr. Henderson's insistently swinging scores typify the Goodman band's style. 2, Op. Lionel Hampton, the vibraphonist, recalled that Mr. Goodman was the first major music figure to put black and white musicians together on stage in the 1930's. Birthday: May 30, 1909 Date of Death: June 13, 1986 Age at Death: 77. He began to play the instrument when he was onl… Clarinetist, bandleader. Benny Goodman Birthday and Date of Death. - Frank Sinatra. Born to Russian immigrant parents, Benny Goodman exhibited such remarkable musical aptitude as a child that he joined his first professional band at the age of 14. 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."[2]. and, after completing a 26-week contract on a network radio program, it had set out on a cross-country trek from New York to California. He never compromised.'' Benny Goodman, in full Benjamin David Goodman, (born May 30, 1909, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.—died June 13, 1986, New York, New York), American jazz musician and bandleader and a renowned 20th-century clarinet virtuoso. Mr. Finegan was making his reputation as an arranger with Glenn Miller at the very time that Mr. Sauter began arranging for the new Goodman band. With little income and a large family, they moved to the Maxwell Street neighborhood, an overcrowded slum near railroad yards and factories that was populated by German, Irish, Italian, Polish, Scandinavian, and Jewish immigrants. He subsequently played, and recorded, with the Budapest Quartet, with Joseph Szigeti and with symphony orchestras. Family Life. ''If you're interested in music,'' Mr. Goodman once said, ''you can't slop around. Even with all of the hardship around him, Benny was able to find something that he loved: the clarinet. His stay there extended to six months, and his popularity was cemented by nationwide radio broadcasts over NBC affiliate stations. Charlie Christian, the short-lived, precedent-setting electric guitarist who played in Mr. Goodman's band for two years before his death in 1941. For this 1940's band, Mr. Goodman lured away Duke Ellington's trumpet star, Cootie Williams. [8] He performed on Lake Michigan excursion boats, and in 1923 played at Guyon’s Paradise, a local dance hall.[9]. Benny Goodman, Soundtrack: Allied. His father, David Goodman (1873–1926), came to the United States in 1892 from Warsaw in partitioned Poland and became a tailor. to play the sound track. [43] She sometimes performed in concert with him, beginning when she was sixteen. Skies,'' ''Sometimes I'm Happy'' and ''King Porter Stomp'' - which had been his reason for recruiting a band that included such jazz specialists Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader; known as the "King of Swing". Many musicians spoke of "The Ray",[3]:173 the glare that Goodman directed at a musician who failed to perform to his standards. In November 1935 Goodman accepted an invitation to play in Chicago at the Joseph Urban Room at the Congress Hotel. His life was dramatized in 1955 in The Benny Goodman Story starring Steve Allen and Donna Reed. But it was a sit-down-and-listen affair and a few people who instinctively tried to dance were booed off the floor. In the Southern states, racial segregation was enforced by Jim Crow laws. He had two daughters: Rachel (born … His father was killed in a traffic accident. Coronavirus Update. for six months. They disagreed over the band's music until Goodman refused to listen to Hammond. musical move. Benny Goodman won by one vote. 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Fletcher Henderson led a groundbreaking black jazz band in the mid-20's, and in his wake came They lived in the slums of Chicago, surrounded by other poor immigrant families who came from all over Europe. - Peggy Lee. The orchestra recorded "Moonglow", which became a number one hit and was followed by the Top Ten hits "Take My Word" and "Bugle Call Rag". [14][15][16] He played with the bands of Red Nichols, Ben Selvin, Ted Lewis, and Isham Jones and recorded for Brunswick under the name Benny Goodman's Boys, a band that featured Glenn Miller. In the opinion of many Goodman fanciers, this band of the early 40's, less publicized than his band of the 30's but with Mr. Sauter's [49], Goodman was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[50]. [29] Hammond had seen Christian perform in Oklahoma City in 1939 and recommended him to Goodman, but Goodman was uninterested in electric guitar and was put off by Christian's taste in gaudy clothing. Though no longer in as great demand, Benny Goodman continued to play the clarinet, forming and fronting big bands. Mr. Goodman chose some of his freelance friends, a group that Mr. Benny Goodman Death #550468 NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 13, 1986 View other clips in this broadcast → Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. [46] Members of the band included Jimmy Knepper, Jerry Dodgion, and Turk Van Lake (Vanig Hovsepian). had originally been played by the Henderson band. But Benny was the biggest new thing in this type He gave music character and style.''. barrier that, until then, had kept white bands white and black bands black. He qualified as a Registered General Nurse in the 1980's following graduation with a BSc Sociology and Politics. When Ben Pollack, the drummer in the Rhythm Kings, formed a band in California, he sent back to Chicago for ''the kid in the short pants, the kid who played lying down, like Rappolo. Another arranger, Gordon Jenkins, wrote ''Goodbye,'' which became Mr. Goodman's closing theme. Many of Goodman's professional colleagues appear in the film, including During this period, Benny also became famous for being colorblind when it came to racial segregation and prejudice. Charter inductee of the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1978. Famed clarinetist, composer ("Stompin' at the Savoy") and conductor, educated at the Lewis Institute in Chicago and a student of Schillinger and Schoepp. Ironically, Mr. Goodman's band was not able to play the routine accompanying music for the Music Hall's vaudeville acts - tumblers, a fire eater, a dog act - to Billy Rose's satisfaction. [22] But these arrangements had little impact on the tour until August 19 at McFadden's Ballroom in Oakland, California. callouses surgically removed. band. Benny Goodman. Acetate recordings of the concert were made, and aluminum studio masters were cut. It is regarded as one of the most significant in jazz history. The response was so enthusiastic that another We want Barabbas, were the words of the Chief priest and the crowd to Pilate. According to Willard Alexander, the band's booking agent, Krupa said, "If we're gonna die, Benny, let's die playing our own thing. Goodman was the ninth of twelve children born to poor Jewish emigrants from the Russian Empire. "[36], Goodman commissioned compositions for clarinet and chamber ensembles or orchestra that have become standard pieces of classical repertoire. It was during the 40's also that Mr. Goodman appeared in another Brodway musical, this time with a small group. The body was found by a housekeeper, Anna Lekander, Mr. Rauch said. was something in a foreign language.''. This time Mr. Goodman flew Teddy Wilson, the pianist, out to Chicago from New York. 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