Benny Goodman

1909 - 1986

Benny Goodman

Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing".In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups 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. During an era of racial segregation, he led one of the first integrated jazz groups. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benny Goodman has received more than 1,677,975 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 86th most popular musician.

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  • 56

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Among musicians, Benny Goodman ranks 86 out of 2,258Before him are Sviatoslav Richter, Paco de Lucía, Duke Ellington, Benny Andersson, Lady Gaga, and Baroness Mary Vetsera. After him are Björn Ulvaeus, Stuart Sutcliffe, Nat King Cole, Thomas Bangalter, Angus Young, and Bill Haley.

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Among people born in 1909, Benny Goodman ranks 17Before him are Elia Kazan, Mohammed V of Morocco, Osamu Dazai, Victor Borge, Nicholas Winton, and Isaiah Berlin. After him are Ernst Gombrich, Fred Perry, Talal of Jordan, Errol Flynn, Li Xiannian, and Miep Gies. Among people deceased in 1986, Benny Goodman ranks 20Before him are Henry Moore, Celâl Bayar, Urho Kekkonen, Cliff Burton, Albert Szent-Györgyi, and Alva Myrdal. After him are Dmitry Kabalevsky, Frank Herbert, Harold Macmillan, L. Ron Hubbard, Leonid Kantorovich, and Edward Adelbert Doisy.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Benny Goodman ranks 496 out of 12,171Before him are Kim Basinger (1953), Barbara McClintock (1902), Alan Shepard (1923), George A. Romero (1940), Sean Penn (1960), and George Peppard (1928). After him are Burt Reynolds (1936), Donald A. Glaser (1926), Dennis Ritchie (1941), Joan Crawford (1904), Jessica Lange (1949), and Theodore William Richards (1868).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Benny Goodman ranks 27Before him are Charlie Parker (1920), Cliff Burton (1962), Dean Martin (1917), Lou Reed (1942), Duke Ellington (1899), and Lady Gaga (1986). After him are Nat King Cole (1919), Bill Haley (1925), Alice Cooper (1948), Ritchie Valens (1941), Buddy Holly (1936), and Paul Simon (1941).