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The 1992 Benny Goodman and Helen Forrest disc titled Best of the Big Bands contains 16-tracks from Goodman's Columbia big-band recordings, including such staples "What's New?," "How High the Moon," "Symphony," "Air Mail Special," "How Long Has This Been Going On," and "Somebody's Stole My Gal." While this isn't a definitive collection, it does offer a good overview of his big-band recordings.


Born: 30 May 1909 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

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...
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