Benny Goodman

The Complete Benny Goodman, Vol. 1 (1935)

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This is the first of eight double LPs that contain all of Benny Goodman's output for Victor during his remarkable 1935-39 period. After recording "King Porter Stomp" and "Sometimes I'm Happy" on July 1, 1935, and then thrilling the crowd at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles on August 21, the Goodman Orchestra became the most popular in the world, not losing its dominance until the rise of Glenn Miller in 1939. This two-fer not only includes the two hits but all of trumpeter Bunny Berigan's solos with Goodman, the debut of the BG Trio (with pianist Teddy Wilson and drummer Gene Krupa), and many other swinging sides, even a hot version of "Jingle Bells."