Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman bio

Birth Name: Benjamin David Goodman

Occupation: Clarinet Player

Place Of Birth: Chicago

Date Of Birth: May 30, 1909

Date Of Death: June 13, 1986

Cause Of Death: N/A

Ethnicity: White

Nationality: American

Benny Goodman was born on the 30th of May, 1909. He was popular for being a Clarinet Player. Bandleader and clarinetist who defined the Swing Era of music. He was appropriately known as the King of Swing.

Benny Goodman was born in Chicago. He joined one of Chicago’s top bands at 16, the Ben Pollack Orchestra. He himself would have one of the greatest bands of the 1930s, and his Carnegie Hall concert of 1938 was largely credited with making jazz a respectable genre of music. He appeared in The Big Broadcast of 1937, Syncopation, The Powers Girl, and many other musical features. His life was dramatized in 1955 in The Benny Goodman Story starring Steve Allen and Donna Reed .

Benny Goodman was a Gemini and was born in the G.I. Generation.

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Benny Goodman was born in 1900s. Discover what happened on this day.

Benjamin David Goodman is part of G.I. Generation also known as The Greatest Generation. This generation experienced much of their youth during the Great Depression and rapid technological innovation such as the radio and the telephone. The initials "G.I." is military terminology referring to "Government Issue" or "General Issue".


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Benny Goodman’s mother’s name is unknown at this time and his father’s name is under review. We will continue to update information on Benny Goodman’s parents.

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Personal Life

Like many famous people and celebrities, Benny Goodman kept his personal life private. Once more details are available, we will update this section.

Benny Goodman was born in the Year of the Rooster.

Fast Facts

REAL NAME: Benjamin David Goodman
NICKNAME: King of Swing, “King of Swing”, “The Professor”, “Patriarch of the Clarinet”, “Swing’s Senior Statesman”



Zodiac Sign: Benny Goodman was a Gemini. People of this zodiac sign like music, books, magazines, chatting, short trips and dislike being alone, repetition and routine. The strengths of this sign are being gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable, able to learn quickly, while weaknesses can be nervous, inconsistent and indecisive. The greatest overall compatibility with Gemini is Sagittarius and Aquarius.

Chinese Zodiac: Benny Goodman was born in the Year of the Dragon. People born under this sign are honest, observant and hardworking. They seldom rely on other people in daily life, which can make them impatient when dealing with others.

Ruling Planet: Benny Goodman had a ruling planet of Mercury and has a ruling planet of Mercury and by astrological associations Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. In Astrology, Mercury is the planet that rules our mindset. People who are born with Mercury as the ruling planet have communication skills, intellect and cleverness.

Benny Goodman’s birth sign is Gemini and he had a ruling planet of Mercury.

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