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Monday, May 15, 2006

More success was attained in Chicago and then it was on to New York to pack them in at the Paramount Theater where kids waited for hours to get in and jitterbug in the aisles. At the age of 28, Benny Goodman was practically at the pinnacle of his profession as he was now featured on the Camel Caravan radio program and receiving rave reviews from the critics and fans. Then there was January 18, 1938, the date that he received his final approval with the Carnegie Hall gig. Benny Goodman was truly the "King of Swing".
The swing era began to fade a bit as World War II progressed, but Benny Goodman’s influence was felt as he was responsible for many kids getting into music and working in particular with the clarinet. He later played some classic compositions as a soloist with noted orchestras around the world. He had played with the best jazz and swing artists of his time and remained the King of Swing until his death in June of 1986 at the age off 77. (Comments? Questions? azjimmcallister@cox.net)

8 comments:

Edson said...

Well let me get in here before "ST.Louie Louie' shows up.
I have a copy of the famous recording of Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall recording on Vinyl and CD. I have enjoyed both. Also, on a recent trip to New York City, I picked up a copy of the 4 volume set of Hoagy Carmichael CDs (1924-1946). Many greats on it that are no longer around. Nice recording, I will enjoy it for sometime to come. I also have another one by Goodman and Helen Forrest.
Keep them coming Jim.

Brendan said...

Hey Jim --

Good blog. Have you, by chance, ever seen the movie "Swing Kids"? It's a mid-90s movie about the Hitler Youth and the kids who refused to join the Hitler Youth because they loved swing music. There are definitely a couple of actors in it you'd recognize. You should check it out. If you can't find it, let me know and I'll mail you my copy.

Brendan

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honeyman said...

how come ya didn't include da Jerseyite, "Count" Basie???. AND Glenn Miller has gotta fit in somewhere... the band still performs [at least] at Lake of the Ozarks, and her in Florida..
It's amazin how close to the same sound these 'youngin's' have... BTW: wonder who da E.D. is gabbin' about---- St. Louie Louie????hmmmm

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