DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Benny Goodman (aged 77)
American jazz musician
Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the “King of Swing”.
DEATH: He continued to play on records and in small groups. In the early 1970s he collaborated with George Benson after the two met taping a PBS tribute to John Hammond, recreating some of Goodman’s duets with Charlie Christian.:434 Benson appeared on Goodman’s album Seven Come Eleven. Goodman continued to play swing, but he practiced and performed classical pieces and commissioned them for clarinet. In 1960 he performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with conductor Alfredo Antonini at the Lewisohn Stadium in New York City. Despite health problems, he continued to play until his death from a heart attack in 1986. He died at the age of 77 at Manhattan House.