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Benny Goodman

Highest Rated:   67% Make Mine Music (1946)
Lowest Rated:   50% A Song Is Born (1948)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Best of the Boston Pops
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby's White Christmas All Star Show
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Ella Fitzgerald & Other Jazz & Swing Greats
  • Actor
2006
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 Let's Hear It for the Girls!: Classic Tracks from the Queens of Swing
  • 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 Lionel Hampton - Jazz Legend: King of the Vibes
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Great Performances
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Benny Goodman - Swing Era
  • Actor
2004
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 - 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 Horace Silver - Song For My Father
  • Actor
1962
No Score Yet The All-Star Christmas Show (Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby's White Christmas USO All Star Show)
  • Actor
1958
50% A Song Is Born
  • Professor Magenbruch
1948
67% Make Mine Music
  • Director
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet Syncopation
  • Himself
1942
No Score Yet Story of Jazz
  • Actor
No Score Yet Stage Bands on Film
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Appearing

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