Benny Goodman

Highest Rated: 100% The Gang's All Here (1943)
Lowest Rated: 50% A Song Is Born (1948)
Birthday: May 30, 1909
Birthplace: Not Available
In his heyday, jazz clarinet player and bandleader Benny Goodman was the undisputed "King of Swing." He was born the eighth son to an immigrant family of 12 on the west side of Chicago. Learning to play clarinet with an instrument loaned to him from a local synagogue, he started out playing in neighborhood bands. A year after his high school graduation, Goodman moved to California to work in Ben Pollack's band and from there went on to radio work and free-lance recording. In the early 1930s, Goodman founded his own band and began working for Billy Rose and eventually, after replacing Guy Lombardo at the Roosevelt Grill, moved to Hollywood to play his new "swing" music at the Palomar Ballroom. Later, he made major inroads against the racism of the music industry by hiring African American pianist Teddy Wilson, and vibraphone player Lionel Hampton. Others followed. In 1936, Goodman and his band made their screen debut in The Big Broadcast of 1937 and after that performed in several other musicals, including The Gang's All Here (1941). In 1946, Goodman played his clarinet for the animated musical Make Mine Music, and in 1956, Goodman became the subject of the musical biopic The Benny Goodman Story starring Steve Allen.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Best of the Boston Pops Actor 2015
No Score Yet Jazz and Big Band Classics Actor 2006
No Score Yet Let's Hear It for the Girls! Actor 2006
No Score Yet Ella Fitzgerald & Other Jazz & Swing Greats Actor 2006
No Score Yet Best of the Big Bands: Artie Shaw & Friends Actor 2005
No Score Yet Benny Goodman at the Tivoli Actor 2005
No Score Yet Great Performances Actor 2005
No Score Yet Lionel Hampton - Jazz Legend: King of the Vibes Actor 2005
No Score Yet This Joint Is Jumpin' Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1937 Himself 2001
No Score Yet Gene Krupa: Swing, Swing, Swing Actor 1999
No Score Yet Gene Krupa Tribute: Swing, Swing, Swing! Actor 1999
No Score Yet Reed Royalty Actor 1999
No Score Yet Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing Actor 1993
No Score Yet Gene Krupa - Jazz Legend Actor 1993
No Score Yet Benny Goodman - Farewell Actor 1981
No Score Yet All Star Swing Festival 1972 Actor 1972
No Score Yet Stravinsky Actor 1966
No Score Yet The All-Star Christmas Show (Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby's White Christmas USO All Star Show) Actor 1958
No Score Yet Jukebox Saturday Night Actor 1952
50% A Song Is Born Professor Magenbruch 1948
70% Make Mine Music Director Actor 1946
No Score Yet Sweet and Lowdown Himself 1944
100% The Gang's All Here Actor 1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Actor 1943
No Score Yet Syncopation Himself 1942
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel Benny Goodman 1937

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Appearing
  • 2005

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