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1999 Paradise in Distress. Musicians also told stories of Goodman's notorious cheapness, continuing to pinch pennies as he had in his poverty stricken youth long after he had attained fame and fortune. 1997 Naked II (unplugged). Many musicians spoke of "The Ray", Goodman's trademark glare that he bestowed on a musician that failed to perform to his demanding standards. 1995 Love Sweat (covers). Depending on who you talk to, Goodman was a demanding taskmaster, or an arrogant martinet. 1994 Face It (partially unplugged). They had two daughters: Benjie and Rachel.
1992 The Naked Truth (unplugged). After dating for about three months they got married on March 14, 1942. 1991 Bloody Buccaneers. Benny met Alice Hammond Duckworth, the sister of his friend John Hammond. 1989 Keeper of the Flame. The integration of popular music happened 10 years before Jackie Robinson entered Major League Baseball. 1986 The Hole. Goodman's fame was great enough that his band had no financial need to tour in the southern states, where his lineup would have been subject to arrest.
1984 Something Heavy Going Down (live). In 1936, he added Lionel Hampton on vibes to form the Benny Goodman Quartette; in 1940 he added pioneering jazz guitarist Charlie Christian to his band and small ensembles, who played with him until his untimely death from tuberculosis less than two years later. 1984 N.E.W.S.. Benny Goodman broke with tradition by hiring Teddy Wilson to play with him and drummer Gene Krupa in the Benny Goodman Trio. 1982 Cut. In the early 1930s, black and white jazz musicians could not play together in most clubs or concerts. In the Southern states, racial segregation was enforced by the Jim Crow laws. 1981 2nd Live. Goodman is also responsible for a significant step in racial integration in America.
1980 Prisoner of the Night. It should be noted, however, that Goodman himself was no mere imitator; he was an astonishingly virtuosic and creative clarinetist, and one of the most of innovative jazz musicians of the pre-Bebop era. 1979 No Promises...No Debts. While Goodman publicly acknowledged his debt to Henderson, many young white swing fans had never heard Henderson's band. 1978 Grab It for a Second. It is true that many of Goodman's arrangements had been played for years before by Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra. 1977 Live. Both popularized black music to a young white audience.
1976 Contraband. Many suggest that Goodman achieved the same success with Jazz and Swing that Elvis Presley did for Rock and Roll. 1976 To the Hilt. Some writers have declared this date to be the start of the Swing Era. 1975 Switch. This received national publicity and turned the Goodman Band into an overnight sensation. 1973 Moontan. His radio broadcasts from New York had been too late to attract a large audience on the East Coast, but had an avid following in California, and a wildly enthusiastic crowd for the first time greeted Goodman.
1972 Together. However, it was not until after his fabled appearance at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles on August 21, 1935 that Goodman became a nationally known star. 1971 Seven Tears. The combination of the Henderson charts, his solid clarinet playing, and his well rehearsed band made him a rising star in the mid-1930s. 1970 Golden Earring. Since he needed new charts every week for the show, his friend John Hammond suggested that he purchase some Jazz charts from Fletcher Henderson, who had New York's most popular African-American band in the 1920s and early 1930s. 1969 Eight Miles High. In 1934 he auditioned for the "Let's Dance" radio program.
1969 On the Double. He played with the nationally known bands of Red Nichols, Isham Jones, and Ted Lewis before forming his own band in 1932. 1968 Miracle Mirror. He made a reputation as a solid player who was prepared and reliable. 1967 Winter-Harvest. Goodman left for New York City and became a good session musician during the late 1920s and early 1930s. 1965 Just Earrings. He started making records under his own name 2 years later.
At the age of 16, Goodman joined one of Chicago's top bands, the Ben Pollack Orchestra, with whom he made his first recordings in 1926. His early influences were New Orleans jazz clarinetists in Chicago, notably Johnny Dodds, Leon Roppolo, and Jimmy Noone. He became a strong player at an early age and began playing professionally in bands while still 'in short pants'. He learned to play clarinet in a charity-run boy's band.
Goodman was born in Chicago, the son of poor Jewish immigrants who lived on Chicago's Maxwell Street neighborhood. Benny Goodman, born Benjamin David Goodman, (May 30, 1909 - June 13, 1986) was a famous Jazz musician, known as "King of Swing," "Patriarch of the Clarinet," and "Swing's Senior Statesman". Download sample of "And the Angels Sing" by Benny Goodman and Martha Tilton, a legendary swing recording that helped keep Goodman's career afloat as band members departed.