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Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman was the first celebrated bandleader of the Swing Era, dubbed "The King of Swing," his popular emergence marking the beginning of the era. He was an accomplished clarinetist whose distinctive playing gave an identity both to his big band and to the smaller units he led simultaneously. The most popular figure of the first few years of the Swing Era, he continued to perform until his death 50 years later.

Goodman was the son of Russian immigrants David Goodman, a tailor, and Dora Rezinsky Goodman. He first began taking clarinet lessons at ten at a synagogue, after which he joined the band at Hull House, a settlement home. He made his professional debut at 12 and dropped out of high school at 14 to become a musician. At 16, in August 1925, he joined the Ben Pollack band, with which he made his first released band recordings in December 1926. His first recordings under his own name were made in January 1928. At 20, in September 1929, he left Pollack to settle in New York and work as a freelance musician, working at recording sessions, radio dates, and in the pit bands of Broadway musicals. He also made recordings under his own name with pickup bands, first reaching the charts with "He's Not Worth Your Tears" (vocal by Scrappy Lambert) on Melotone Records in January 1931. He signed to Columbia Records in the fall of 1934 and reached the Top Ten in early 1934 with "Ain't Cha Glad?" (vocal by Jack Teagarden), "Riffin' the Scotch" (vocal by Billie Holiday), and "Ol' Pappy" (vocal by Mildred Bailey), and in the spring with "I Ain't Lazy, I'm Just Dreamin'" (vocal by Jack Teagarden).

These record successes and an offer to perform at Billy Rose's Music Hall inspired Goodman to organize a permanent performing orchestra, which gave its first performance on June 1, 1934. His instrumental recording of "Moon Glow" hit number one in July, and he scored two more Top Ten hits in the fall with the instrumentals "Take My Word" and "Bugle Call Rag." After a four-and-a-half-month stay at the Music Hall, he was signed for the Saturday night Let's Dance program on NBC radio, playing the last hour of the three-hour show. During the six months he spent on the show, he scored another six Top Ten hits on Columbia, then switched to RCA Victor, for which he recorded five more Top Ten hits by the end of the year.

After leaving Let's Dance, Goodman undertook a national tour in the summer of 1935. It was not particularly successful until he reached the West Coast, where his segment of Let's Dance had been heard three hours earlier than on the East Coast. His performance at the Palomar Ballroom near Los Angeles on August 21, 1935, was a spectacular success, remembered as the date on which the Swing Era began. He moved on to a six-month residency at the Congress Hotel in Chicago, beginning in November. He scored 15 Top Ten hits in 1936, including the chart-toppers "It's Been So Long," "Goody-Goody," "The Glory of Love," "These Foolish Things Remind Me of You," and "You Turned the Tables on Me" (all vocals by Helen Ward). He became the host of the radio series The Camel Caravan, which ran until the end of 1939, and in October 1936, the orchestra made its film debut in The Big Broadcast of 1937. The same month, Goodman began a residency at the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York.

Goodman's next number one hit, in February 1937, featured Ella Fitzgerald on vocals and was the band's first hit with new trumpeter Harry James. It was also the first of six Top Ten hits during the year, including the chart-topping "This Year's Kisses" (vocal by Margaret McCrae). In December, the band appeared in another film, Hollywood Hotel. The peak of Goodman's renown in the 1930s came on January 16, 1938, when he performed a concert at Carnegie Hall, but he went on to score 14 Top Ten hits during the year, among them the number ones "Don't Be That Way" (an instrumental) and "I Let a Song Go out of My Heart" (vocal by Martha Tilton), as well as the thrilling instrumental "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)," which later was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

By 1939, Goodman had lost such major instrumentalists as Gene Krupa and Harry James, who left to found their own bands, and he faced significant competition from newly emerged bandleaders such as Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller. But he still managed to score eight Top Ten hits during the year, including the chart-topper "And the Angels Sing" (vocal by Martha Tilton), another inductee to the Grammy Hall of Fame. He returned to Columbia Records in the fall. In November, he appeared in the Broadway musical Swingin' the Dream, leading a sextet. The show was short-lived, but it provided him with the song "Darn That Dream" (vocal by Mildred Bailey), which hit number one for him in March 1940. It was the first of only three Top Ten hits he scored in 1940, his progress slowed by illness; in July he disbanded temporarily and underwent surgery for a slipped disk, not reorganizing until October. He scored two Top Ten hits in 1941, one of which was the chart-topper "There'll Be Some Changes Made" (vocal by Louise Tobin), and he returned to radio with his own show. Among his three Top Ten hits in 1942 were the number ones "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place" (vocal by Peggy Lee) and the instrumental "Jersey Bounce." He also appeared in the film Syncopation, released in May.

American entry into World War II and the onset of the recording ban called by the American Federation of Musicians in August 1942 made things difficult for all performers. Goodman managed to score a couple of Top Ten hits, including the number one "Taking a Chance on Love" (vocal by Helen Forrest), in 1943, drawn from material recorded before the start of the ban. And he used his free time to work in films, appearing in three during the year: The Powers Girl (January), Stage Door Canteen (July), and The Gang's All Here (December).

Goodman disbanded in March 1944. He appeared in the film Sweet and Low-Down in September and played with a quintet in the Broadway revue Seven Lively Arts, which opened December 7 and ran 182 performances. Meanwhile, the musicians union strike was settled, freeing him to go back into the recording studio. In April 1945, his compilation album Hot Jazz reached the Top Ten on the newly instituted album charts. He reorganized his big band and scored three Top Ten hits during the year, among them "Gotta Be This or That" (vocal by Benny Goodman), which just missed hitting number one. "Symphony" (vocal by Liza Morrow) also came close to hitting number one in early 1946, and Benny Goodman Sextet Session did hit number one on the album charts in May 1946. Goodman hosted a radio series with Victor Borge in 1946-1947, and he continued to record, switching to Capitol Records. He appeared in the film A Song Is Born in October 1948 and meanwhile experimented with bebop in his big band. But in December 1949, he disbanded, though he continued to organize groups on a temporary basis for tours and recording sessions.

If popular music had largely passed Goodman by as of 1950, his audience was not tired of listening to his vintage music. He discovered a recording that had been made of his 1938 Carnegie Hall concert and Columbia Records released it on LP in November 1950 as Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert, Vol. 1 & 2. It spent a year in the charts, becoming the best-selling jazz album ever up to that time, and was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. A follow-up album of airchecks, Benny Goodman 1937-1938: Jazz Concert No. 2, hit number one in December 1952. The rise of the high fidelity 12" LP led Goodman to re-record his hits for the Capitol album B.G. in Hi-Fi, which reached the Top Ten in March 1955. A year later, he had another Top Ten album of re-recordings with the soundtrack album for his film biography, The Benny Goodman Story, in which he was portrayed by Steve Allen but dubbed in his own playing.

After a tour of the Far East in 1956-1957, Goodman increasingly performed overseas. His 1962 tour of the U.S.S.R. resulted in the chart album Benny Goodman in Moscow. In 1963, RCA Victor staged a studio reunion of the Benny Goodman Quartet of the 1930s, featuring Goodman, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, and Lionel Hampton. The result was the 1964 chart album Together Again! Goodman recorded less frequently in his later years, though he reached the charts in 1971 with Benny Goodman Today, recorded live in Stockholm. His last album to be released before his death from a heart attack at 77 was Let's Dance, a television soundtrack, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band.

Goodman's lengthy career and his popular success especially in the 1930s and '40s has resulted in an enormous catalog. His major recordings are on Columbia and RCA Victor, but Music Masters has put out a series of archival discs from his personal collection, and many small labels have issued airchecks. The recordings continue to demonstrate Goodman's remarkable talents as an instrumentalist and as a bandleader. ~ William Ruhlmann
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Meeting at the Summit

1. Prelude, Fugue and Riffs

2. Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra (with Harp and Piano)

3. Ebony Concerto: I. Allegro moderato

4. Ebony Concerto: II. Andante

5. Ebony Concerto: III. Moderato - Con moto

6. Derivations for Clarinet and Band: I. Warm-up

7. Derivations for Clarinet and Band: II. Contrapuntal Blues

8. Derivations for Clarinet and Band: III. Rag

9. Derivations for Clarinet and Band: IV. Ride-Out

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Track List: B. G. In Hi Fi

1. Let's Dance

2. Air Mail Special

3. Ain't Misbehavin'

4. Get Happy

5. Slipped Disc

6. Jersey Bounce

7. When I Grow Too Old To Dream

8. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me

9. Blue Lou

10. Jumpin' At The Woodside

11. Stompin' At The Savoy

12. Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today

13. Rose Room

14. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry?

15. Rock Rimmon

16. You're A Sweetheart

17. Somebody Stole My Gal

18. (I Would) Do Anything For You

19. Big John's Special

20. Let's Dance

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Track List: Oh Lady Be Good!

1. Bugle Call Rag

3. Don't Be That Way

4. Jersey Bounce

5. Frankie & Johnny

6. Fascinating Rhythm

7. Whispering

8. Jumpin' At The Woodside

9. King Porter Stomp

10. Christopher Columbus

11. Stardust

12. Oh Lady Be Good

13. Tea For Two

14. Dinah

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Track List: Lazy River Vol 2

2. Sugar Foot Stomp

3. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

4. Bach Goes To Town

5. Peter And The Wolf

6. A Smooth One

7. If Dreams Come True

9. Goodbye

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Track List: A String Of Pearls

1. Wholly Cats

2. As Long As I Live

4. I Found A New Baby

5. Gone With What Draft

7. If I Had You

8. The Wang Wang Blues

11. A String Of Pearls

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Track List: Stardust Vol 2

1. Seven Come Eleven

3. Wholly Cats

4. As Long As I Live

5. I Found A New Baby

6. Gone With What Draft

7. A Smooth One

8. If I Had You

9. The Wang Wang Blues

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Track List: The Greatest Jazz Clarinet

2. Clarinet A La King

3. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

4. I Can't Get Started

5. Don't Be That Way

6. Sing, Sing, Sing

7. Tiger Rag

9. Scarecrow

10. Rachel's Dream

11. Nagasaki

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Track List: Complete Camel Caravan Shows - 1938 LIve

1. Russian Lullaby (September 20, 1938 - Kansas City)

2. I've Got A Pocketfull Of Dreams (September 20, 1938 - Kansas City)

3. Don't Let The Moon Get Away (September 20, 1938 - Kansas City)

4. Moten Swing (September 20, 1938 - Kansas City)

5. Oh! Lady Be Good (September 20, 1938 - Kansas City)

6. Margie (September 20, 1938 - Kansas City)

7. Stardust (September 20, 1938 - Kansas City)

8. China Stomp (September 20, 1938 - Kansas City)

9. Bumble Bee Stomp (September 20, 1938 - Kansas City)

10. Goodbye (September 20, 1938 - Kansas City)

11. Rose Of The Rio Grande (September 27, 1938 - Chicago)

12. Lullaby In Rhythm (September 27, 1938 - Chicago)

13. The Yam (Slight Defect Near End) (September 27, 1938 - Chicago)

14. You're Blaze (September 27, 1938 - Chicago)

15. Ciri-Biri-Bin (September 27, 1938 - Chicago)

16. The Sheik Of Araby (September 27, 1938 - Chicago)

17. Sometimes I'm Happy (September 27, 1938 - Chicago)

18. One O'Clock Jump (September 27, 1938 - Chicago)

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Track List: The Chronological Benny Goodman 1947 Volume 2

3. Nagasaki

7. On A Slow Boat To China

8. Sweet And Lovely

11. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

12. Blue

14. All I Do Is Dream Of You

15. I'll Never Be The Same

16. Bye Bye Pretty Baby

20. All I Do Is Dream Of You

21. Stompin' At The Savoy

22. You Turned The Tables On Me

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Track List: The Chronological 1946-1947

4. Poor Butterfly

8. I'll Always Be In Love With You

9. Honeysuckle Rose

15. Sweet Georgia Brown

16. I'll Always Be In Love With You

17. Sweet Lorraine

18. St. Louis Blues

19. I Know That You Know

20. I Can't Get Started

21. The Lonesome Road

22. Fine And Dandy

25. I Never Knew

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Track List: If I Had You

1. Don't Be That Way

3. King Porter Stomp

4. St. Louis Blues

5. Stealin' Apples

6. One O'Clock Jump

7. Oh Lady Be Good

8. As Long As I Live

9. Nice Work If You Can Get It

10. Body And Soul

11. After You've Gone

13. Memories Of You

14. If I Had You

15. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

16. Avalon

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Track List: The Complete Benny Goodman (1939-1940)

1. Down By The Old Mill Stream

2. Benny Rides Again

4. Bolero

5. Boy Meets Horn

8. Frenesi

9. Henderson Stomp

10. Honeysuckle Rose

11. Jumpin' At The Woodside

12. Kingdom Of Swing

13. Let'S Dance

17. Rose Of Washington Square

18. Somebody Stole My Gal

19. Spring Song

20. Superman

22. Zaggin' With Zig

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Track List: The Complete Benny Goodman (1939-1941)

2. Ac-Dc Current

3. As Long As I Live

4. Benny'S Bugle

5. Breakfast Feud

6. Flying Home

7. Gone With What Wind

8. Good Enough To Keep (Air Mail Special)

9. Honeysuckle Rose

10. I Can'T Give You Anything But Love

11. I Found A New Baby

12. I Never Knew

14. Poor Butterfly

16. Royal Garden Blues

17. Seven Come Eleven

18. Six Appeal

19. Soft Winds

21. Stardust

22. Till Tom Special

23. Wholly Cats

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Track List: The Ultimate Benny Goodman

1. After You'Ve Gone

2. All My Life

5. China Boy

6. Dinah

7. Exactly Like You

8. Moonglow

9. More Than You Know

11. Nobody'S Sweetheart

12. Oh Lady Be Good

13. Someday, Sweetheart

15. Stompin' At The Savoy (Take 2 )

16. Sweet Sue - Just You

19. Vibraphone Blues

20. Who

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Track List: The Complete Benny Goodman (1931-1934)

1. Bugle Call Rag

2. Emaline

5. Junk Man

7. Love Me Or Leave Me

8. Moon Glow

9. Nitwit Serenade

10. Ol' Pappy

11. Riffin' The Scotch

13. Texas Tea Party

15. Your Mother's Son-In-Law

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Track List: The Complete Benny Goodman (1938-1939)

1. Bumble Bee Stomp

2. And The Angels Sing

3. Bach Goes To Town

4. Big John Special

8. Farewell Blues

10. It Had To Be You

11. Louise

13. Margie

14. My Honey'S Lovin' Arms

15. My Melancholy Baby

17. Smoke House

19. Ti-Pi-Tin

20. Topsy

22. Whispering

23. Wrappin' It Up

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Track List: The Complete Benny Goodman (1934-1936)

1. Christopher Columbus

3. Hunkadola

4. You Turned The Tables On Me

5. Alexander'S Rag Time Band

6. Always

7. Blue Skies

8. Bugle Call Rag

9. Dear Old Southland

13. Down South Camp Meeting

14. Get Happy

15. Glory Of Love

16. I Know That You Know

17. If I Could Be With You

18. I'Ve Found A New Baby

19. King Porter Stomp

20. Mad House

21. Music Hall Rag

22. Riffin' At The Ritz

23. St. Louis Blues

24. Stompin ' At The Savoy

25. Swing Time In The Rockies

26. These Foolish Things

27. Walk, Jennie, Walk

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Track List: This Is Benny Goodman

Disc 1

1. King Porter Stomp

2. Sometimes I'm Happy

4. Stompin' At The Savoy

5. I Know That You Know

6. These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You

7. Down South Camp Meetin'

8. You Turned The Tables On Me

9. Moonglow

10. Goodnight My Love

Disc 2

2. Sing, Sing, Sing

3. Changes

5. Avalon

6. Sugarfoot Stomp

7. Don't Be That Way

8. One O'Clock Jump

9. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

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Track List: King Of Swing

1. King Porter Stomp

2. Sometimes I'm Happy

3. Swingtime In The Rockies

4. Bugle Call Rag

7. Sing, Sing, Sing

8. If Dreams Come True

9. Roll 'Em

10. Don't Be That Way

11. Wrappin' It Up

13. And The Angels Sing

14. Good-Bye

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Track List: Grandes Del Jazz 6

Disc 1

1. After You've Gone

2. More Than You Know

3. Body And Soul

4. Oh Lady Be Good

5. Moonglow

6. Dinah

7. Tiger Rag

8. My Melancholy Baby

9. Tea For Two

10. Whispering

11. Stompin' At The Savoy

12. Memories Of You

13. Stardust

14. Poor Butterfly

15. These Foolish Things

16. The Sheik Of Araby

17. Good Enough To Keep

18. I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby

Disc 2

1. If I Had You

2. Limehouse Blues

3. St. Louis Blues

5. China Boy

6. Sweet Georgia Brown

7. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

8. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

12. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

13. It Had To Be You

14. Somebody Loves Me

15. Where Or When

18. Someday Sweetheart

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Track List: 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert (Live)

1. Don't Be That Way

2. One O'Clock Jump

3. Sensation Rag

4. I'm Coming Virginia

5. When My Baby Smiles At Me

6. Shine

7. Blue Reverie

8. Life Goes To A Party

9. Honeysuckle Rose

10. Body And Soul

11. Avalon

12. The Man I Love

13. I Got Rhythm

14. Blue Skies

15. Loch Lomond

16. Blue Room

17. Swingtime In The Rockies

18. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen

19. China Boy

20. Stompin' At The Savoy

21. Dizzy Spells

22. Sing Sing Sing

23. Big John's Special

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Track List: Ken Burns Jazz-Benny Goodman

5. Royal Garden Blues

6. King Porter Stomp

7. Body And Soul

8. Roll 'Em

9. You Turned The Tables On Me

10. Sing, Sing, Sing

11. Don't Be That Way

12. Avalon

13. Flying Home

15. Let's Dance

16. Memories Of You

17. Benny Rides Again

19. Why Don't You Do Right?

20. Rachel's Dream

22. Goodbye

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Track List: The Very Best Of Benny Goodman

1. Bugle Call Rag

2. St. Louis Blues

3. Swingtime In The Rockies

4. One O'Clock Jump

5. Exactly Like You

6. Sweet Georgia Brown

7. I Know That You Know

8. And The Angels Sing

9. Stompin' At The Savoy

10. After You've Gone

11. Avalon

12. In A Sentimental Mood

13. The Glory Of Love

14. Goody Goody

15. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Part 1)

16. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Part 2)

17. I Cried For You

18. Moonglow

19. King Porter Stomp

20. Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing) (Parts 1 & 2)

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Track List: The Permanent Goodman

Disc 1

1. Ain't -Cha Glad?

5. King Porter Stomp

7. Body And Soul

8. Goody Goody

Disc 2

1. I've Found A New Baby

4. Vibraphone Blues

5. Sugarfoot Stomp

6. Where Or When

7. Please Be Kind

9. Stealin' Apples

10. Down By The Old Mill Stream

11. Flying Home

12. Let's Dance

13. Memories Of You

14. AC-DC Current

15. Wholly Cats

17. Gone With What Draft

Disc 3

1. Bewitched

2. Scarecrow

3. The Earl

5. Clarinet A La King

6. If I Had You

7. Not A Care In The World

8. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

10. Why Don't You Do Right?

13. Slipped Disc

17. Rattle And Roll

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Track List: The Complete Capitol Trios

1. Blue (And Broken Hearted)

2. After Hours

3. All I Do Is Dream Of You

4. I'll Never Be The Same

5. Bye Bye Pretty Baby

6. Shoe Shine Boy

7. At Sundown

8. When You're Smiling

9. All I Do Is Dream Of You (2nd Version)

10. Stompin' At The Savoy

11. Mean To Me

12. Puttin' On The Ritz

13. I Never Knew

14. Lazy River

15. There'll Be Some Changes Made

16. Ev'rything I've Got (Belongs To You)

17. But Not For Me

18. Margie

19. Rose Room

20. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry

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Track List: Ain't Misbehavin'

1. Oh Lady Be Good

4. I've Got It Bad

5. Ain't Misbehavin'

7. Darn That Dream

8. Alone Together

9. Limehouse Blues

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Track List: The Complete Benny Goodman (1935-1939)

1. After You've Gone

2. Avalon

3. Body And Soul

4. Boy Meets Goy (Grand Slam)

5. China Boy

6. Dinah

7. Exactly Like You

8. Moonglow

9. Nobody'S Sweetheart

10. Oh Lady Be Good

11. On The Alamo

13. Rose Room

14. Runnin' Wild

15. Shivers

16. Stompin' At The Savoy

18. Sweet Sue-Just You

19. Tea For Two

21. Tiger Rag

22. Whispering

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Track List: Camel Caravan Shows 10/39

1. Introduction

3. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

4. Ain't Misbehavin'

6. AC-DC Current

8. King Porter Stomp

9. Closing

10. Introduction

14. Cherokee

15. Rose Room

16. Sometimes I'm Happy

18. Jumpin' At The Woodside

19. Closing

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Track List: The Complete RCA Victor Small Group Recordings

Disc 1

1. After You've Gone (Take 1)

2. After You've Gone (Take 2)

3. Body And Soul (Take 1)

4. Body And Soul (Take 2)

5. Who?

6. Someday, Sweetheart

7. China Boy

8. More Than You Know

9. All My Life

10. Oh, Lady Be Good

11. Nobody's Sweetheart

12. Too Good To Be True

13. Moonglow (Take 1)

14. Moonglow (Take 2)

15. Dinah

16. Exactly Like You

17. Vibraphone Blues

18. Sweet Sue - Just You (Take 1)

19. Sweet Sue - Just You (Take 2)

20. My Melancholy Baby

21. Tiger Rag (Take 1)

Disc 2

1. Stompin' At The Savoy (Take 1)

2. Stompin' At The Savoy (Take 2)

3. Whispering

4. Tiger Rag (Take 2)

5. Tiger Rag (Take 3)

6. Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider

7. Tea For Two

8. Runnin' Wild

9. Avalon (Take 1)

10. Avalon (Take 2)

11. Handful Of Keys (Take 1)

12. Handful Of Keys (Take 2)

13. The Man I Love

14. Smiles

15. Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)

16. Where Or When

17. Silhouetted In The Moonlight

18. Vieni, Vieni (Take 1)

19. Vieni, Vieni (Take 2)

20. I'm A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas) (Take 1)

21. I'm A Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas) (Take 2)

22. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Part 1 (Take 2)

23. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Part 1 (Take 1)

24. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Part 2

Disc 3

1. Sweet Lorraine

2. The Blues In Your Flat (Take 1)

3. The Blues In Your Flat (Take 2)

4. The Blues In My Flat

5. Sugar (That Sugar Baby Of Mine) (Take 1)

6. Sugar (That Sugar Baby Of Mine) (Take 2)

7. Dizzy Spells

8. Opus 1/2

9. I Must Have That Man

10. Sweet Georgia Brown

11. 'S Wonderful (Take 1)

12. 'S Wonderful (Take 2)

13. Pick-A-Rib, Part 1 (Take 1)

14. Pick-A-Rib, Part 1 (Take 2)

15. Pick-A-Rib, Part 2 (Take 1)

16. Pick-A-Rib, Part 2 (Take 2)

17. I Cried For You (Now It's Your Turn To Cry Over Me) (Take 1)

18. I Cried For You (Now It's Your Turn To Cry Over Me) (Take 2)

19. I Know That You Know (And You Know That I Know) (Take 1)

20. I Know That You Know (And You Know That I Know) (Take 2)

21. Opus 3/4 (Take 1)

22. Opus 3/4 (Take 2)

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Track List: More Greatest Hits

1. Don't Be That Way (1938)

2. Goody Goody

3. One O'Clock Jump

4. And The Angels Sing

5. Avalon

6. Loch Lomond

7. Sometimes I'm Happy

8. Basin Street Blues

9. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)

10. Sing Me A Swing Song (And Let Me Dance)

11. These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You

12. Somebody Loves Me

13. Star Dust

14. You Can't Pull The Wool Over My Eyes

15. Riffin' At The Ritz

16. Here's Love In Your Eyes

17. I Would Do Anything For You

18. Thanks For The Memory

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Stompin' At The Savoy

2. Body And Soul

3. Get Happy

4. King Porter Stomp

5. Goodbye

6. Always

7. Moonglow

8. Goodnight, My Love

9. You Turned The Tables On Me

10. After You've Gone

11. Bugle Call Rag

12. Tea For Two

13. Love Me Or Leave Me

14. In A Sentimental Mood

15. Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)

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Track List: Benny Goodman On The Air 1937 - 38

Disc 1

1. Introduction/Let's Dance (Live)

2. Ridin' High (Live)

3. Moten Swing (Live)

4. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Live)

5. Vibraphone Blues (Live)

6. The Sheik Of Araby (Live)

7. Peckin' (Live)

8. Sunny Disposish (Live)

9. Nagasaki (Instrumental) (Live)

10. Whispers In The Dark (Live)

11. St. Louis Blues (Live)

12. Life Goes To A Party (Live)

13. Sugar Foot Stomp (Live)

14. Moonglow (Live)

15. I'm A Ding Dong Daddy (Live)

16. I Hadn't Anyone 'Til You (Live)

17. Bumble Bee Stomp (Live)

18. Down South Camp Meetin (Live)

19. That Naughty Waltz (Live)

20. Sweet Leilani (Live)

21. Vieni, Vieni (Instrumental) (Live)

22. Sometimes I'm Happy (Live)

23. Roll 'Em (Live)

Disc 2

1. King Porter Stomp (Live)

2. Have You Met Miss Jones? (Live)

3. Limehouse Blues (Instrumental) (Live)

4. Shine (Live)

5. Always (Live)

6. When Buddha Smiles (Live)

7. Minnie The Moocher's Wedding Day (Live)

8. Laughing At Life (Live)

9. Running Wild (Instrumental) (Live)

10. You Turned The Tables On Me (Live)

11. Darktown Strutter's Ball (Live)

12. My Gal Sal (Instrumental) (Live)

13. Bugle Call Rag (Live)

14. Mama, That Moon Is Here Again (Live)

15. Clarinet Marmalade (Live)

16. Time On My Hands (Live)

17. Stardust (Live)

18. In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree (Live)

19. Benny Sent Me (Live)

20. Everybody Loves My Baby (Instrumental) (Live)

21. Moonlight On The Highway (Live)

22. Josephine (Live)

23. Killer Diller (Instrumental) (Live)

24. Someday Sweetheart (Live)

25. Caravan (Live)

26. Goodbye (Live)

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Track List: Featuring Charlie Christian

1. Flying Home

2. Stardust

3. Memories Of You

4. Soft Winds

5. Shivers

6. AC/DC Current

7. I'm Confessing (That I Love You)

8. The Shiek Of Araby

9. Poor Butterfly

10. I Surrender, Dear

11. These Foolish Things

12. Good Enough To Keep

13. Breakfast Feud

14. I Can't Gve You Anything But Love, Baby

15. Gilly

16. On the Alamo

17. Gone With What Draft

18. A Smo-o-o-oth One

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Track List: Small Groups: 1941-1945

1. If I Had You

2. Limehouse Blues

3. Limehouse Blues (Benny Goodman Sextet)

4. Blues In The Night

5. Where Or When

6. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

7. The Wang Wang Blues

8. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise (Benny Goodman Quintet)

9. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise (Benny Goodman Quartet)

10. The Way You Look Tonight

11. St. Louis Blues

12. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

13. After You've Gone

14. Only Another Boy And Girl (Benny Goodman Quintet)

15. Rachel's Dream

16. Only Another Boy And Girl

17. Body & Soul (Benny Goodman Trio)

18. Body & Soul

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Track List: After You've Gone

1. After You've Gone

2. Body And Soul

3. Who

4. Someday Sweetheart

5. China Boy

6. More Than You Know

7. All My Life

8. Oh Lady Be Good

9. Nobody's Sweetheart

10. Too Good To Be True

11. Moonglow

12. Dinah

13. Exactly Like You

14. Vibraphone Blues

15. Sweet Sue

16. My Melancholy Baby

17. Tiger Rag

18. Stompin' At The Savoy

19. Whispering

20. Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider

21. Tea For Two

22. Runnin' Wild (1937)

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Track List: Sing, Sing, Sing

1. King Porter Stomp

2. Sometimes I'm Happy

3. Basin Street Blues

4. If I Could Be With You

5. Goody Goody

6. Christopher Columbus

7. Sing Me A Swing Song

8. (I Would Do) Anything For You

9. These Foolish Things

10. Down South Camp Meeting

11. Bugle Call Rag

12. Goodnight My Love

13. He Ain't Got Rythm

14. I Want To Be Happy

15. Roll 'Em

16. Thanks For The Memory

17. Don't Be That Way

18. One O'Clock Jump

19. Ti-Pin-Ti

20. Sing, Sing, Sing

21. Goodbye

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Track List: The Hits Of Benny Goodman

1. Let's Dance

2. Jumpin' At The Woodside

3. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry?

4. Stompin' At The Savoy

5. Get Happy

6. Somebody Stole My Gal

7. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me

8. Air Mail Special

9. Blue Lou

10. Jersey Bounce

11. Rock Rimmon

12. Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today

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Track List: One O'Clock Jump

1. One O'Clock Jump

2. Jersey Bounce

3. My Wild Irish Rose

4. Stompin' At The Savoy

6. Jumpin' At The Woodside

8. Benny Rides Again

9. The Earl

10. Oh Baby

11. Fascinating Rhythm

13. All The Things You Are

14. You Do Something To Me

15. It Could Happen To You

16. Stereo Stomp

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Track List: Benny Rides Again

1. Fascinating Rhythm

2. Benny Rides Again

3. Mission To Moscow

4. Jersey Bounce

5. Stompin' At The Savoy

6. Don't Be That Way

7. How High The Moon

8. Whispering

9. Frankie And Johnny

10. Bugle Call Rag

11. Seven Come Eleven

12. Somebody Stole My Girl

13. I Found A New Baby

14. Get Happy

15. Let's Dance

16. Rattle And Roll

17. All The Cats Join In

18. Alexander's Ragtime Band

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Track List: Live At Carnegie Hall (1938)

Disc 1

1. Benny Goodman 1950 Introduction

2. Don't Be That Way (Feat. Helen Forrest)

3. Sometimes I'm Happy (Live)

4. One O'Clock Jump

5. Applause, Transition To Twenty Years Of Jazz

6. Sensation Rag

7. I'm Coming Virginia

8. When My Baby Smiles At Me

9. Shine

10. Blue Reverie

11. Applause; Transition Back To Goodman Orchestra

12. Life Goes To A Party

13. Setting Up For Jam Session

14. Honeysuckle Rose (Live)

15. Applause; Setting Up & Tuning Up For BG Small Groups

16. Body And Soul

17. Applause As Lionel Hampton Enters

18. Avalon

19. The Man I Love (Live)

20. I Got Rhythm

21. Pause Track

Disc 2

1. Blue Skies

2. Loch Lomond

Comments

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Damn that brass
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Amen brother Amen that is a great cd
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I have a CD of Goodman's 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall, which featured the drum work of Gene Krupa on Sing, Sing. Sing. The way he drove the band on this number is classic. It's one of the best examples of big band drumming that I've ever heard and was the highlight of the concert. The Goodman 1938 band was one of the best swing bands ever! Thanks BG for all the great music.
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2006 gt real 1930,s era ??????
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saqib_jodi
How can you not love the musical prowess of Goodman?
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Gene and Benny were an unbeatable pair. I only saw Gene perform live once in my life, on my prom night. He was at the Metropole cafe in NYC. My boyfriend had to bribe the bouncer to let us in because we were underage. Still fantastic after all those years.
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Am I right?
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I am pretty sure that this is the song from the Benny Goodman movie where they are in the cafe and they all go up on stage and start jamming.
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Saw a video on Utube with Gene Krupa on drums and Harry James on Trumpet. Wow.
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jlsouhrada
Drummer was Gene Krupa, for Benny Goodman's SING, SING, SING the best all time drummer
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I should have been born in the last century but fate wanted me here
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recipiehnd
who is the Drummer?
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dragonlady60 8 8
My father had all the BIG BANDS MUSIC...I LOVE IT...
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