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Benny Goodman

1909 - 1986

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Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing". From 1936 until the mid-1940s, Goodman led one of the most popular swing big bands in the United States. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938, is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music."Goodman's bands started the careers of many jazz musicians. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benny Goodman has received more than 2,301,439 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia. Benny Goodman is the 115th most popular musician (down from 88th in 2019), the 679th most popular biography from United States (down from 565th in 2019) and the 33rd most popular American Musician.

Benny Goodman is most famous for being a jazz musician who played the clarinet and led a band.

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Among musicians, Benny Goodman ranks 115 out of 2,662Before him are Lady Gaga, Don Shirley, Ravi Shankar, Andrés Segovia, Bernard Haitink, and Fritz Kreisler. After him are John Bonham, Ronnie Wood, Jascha Heifetz, Chick Corea, Neil Young, and John Dowland.

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Among people born in 1909, Benny Goodman ranks 21Before him are Kwame Nkrumah, Mohammed V of Morocco, Li Xiannian, Ernst Gombrich, Errol Flynn, and Talal of Jordan. After him are Elia Kazan, Fred Perry, Carmen Miranda, Miep Gies, John Fante, and Marinus van der Lubbe. Among people deceased in 1986, Benny Goodman ranks 24Before him are Celâl Bayar, Henry Moore, Albert Szent-Györgyi, Alva Myrdal, Fritz Albert Lipmann, and Dmitry Kabalevsky. After him are Erich Koch, Edward Adelbert Doisy, James Rainwater, Chiune Sugihara, Jaroslav Seifert, and Minoru Yamasaki.

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Among people born in United States, Benny Goodman ranks 679 out of 18,182Before him are Steven Weinberg (1933), Sidney Lumet (1924), Brandon Lee (1965), Tim Robbins (1958), Nancy Sinatra (1940), and Ellen Burstyn (1932). After him are Kenneth Arrow (1921), Bing Crosby (1903), Monica Lewinsky (1973), Don Johnson (1949), Michael Bloomberg (1942), and Donald A. Glaser (1926).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Benny Goodman ranks 33Before him are Glenn Miller (1904), Bill Evans (1929), Nat King Cole (1919), Buddy Holly (1936), Lady Gaga (1986), and Don Shirley (1927). After him are Chick Corea (1941), Alice Cooper (1948), Quincy Jones (1933), Ray Manzarek (1939), Ice-T (1958), and Lionel Richie (1949).