Benny Goodman

1935-1936

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After a historic up-and-down, cross-country trip to Los Angeles, Benny Goodman & His Orchestra became a sensation, launching the swing era. This set has the first selections by the Benny Goodman Trio (featuring the clarinetist with pianist Teddy Wilson and drummer Gene Krupa) and the initial big band recordings after Benny Goodman was crowned the king of swing, including his closing theme song, "Goodbye," "When Buddha Smiles," "Stompin' at the Savoy," and "Goody Goody" (Helen Ward's biggest hit). The next few years found Benny Goodman at the top of the music world.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:45
2 3:27
3 3:11
4 23:46
5 3:07
6 3:23
7 2:48
8 2:34
9 2:27
10 2:37
11 1:57
12 2:54
13 2:12
14 3:08
15 3:24
16 3:12
17 2:29
18 2:30
19 3:06
20 3:33
21 2:02
22 2:51
23 2:31
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