By D. Russell Connor
Benny Goodman: Wrappin' It Up provides swing fanatics, jazz students, and creditors with newly chanced on recordings, declares, and engagements of the famed clarinetist unearthed given that Connor's Benny Goodman: take heed to His Legacy (Scarecrow, 1988). The listings of thousands of formerly unknown recordings will pride creditors, whereas jazz enthusiasts will get pleasure from Connor's intimate memories of his friendship with Goodman, which deliver a human measurement to an artist frequently recognized just for his track. students will treasure the treatise on Goodman's preparations now within the collections on the big apple Public Library and Yale college. Wrappin' It Up additionally comprises 28 infrequent photos, many by no means released sooner than, that span Goodman's profession in either the recording and picture studio in addition to a distinct part masking over 300 formerly unknown broadcast recordings from 1935 to 1943. additionally incorporated are present costs for Goodman memorabilia, a agenda of Goodman's movie and tv appearances on hand on video, a necrology of Goodman's sidemen and co-workers, and indexes.
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Hopefully to resolve the records in question, optimistically to confirm and add to the biography, and to inform Benny about my book, it was essential that I meet with him. To my surprise, his address and telephone number200 East 66th Street, Templeton Page xx 8-5280were in the Manhattan directory. (Surely, celebrities had unlisted telephones? No, he was a working musician, open to offers, needed to be readily accessible. ) I phoned, got his secretary, Muriel Zuckerman. I explained why it was necessary that I interview Benny.
Benny never asked anything of a musician he didn't demand of himself. I never heard him play a careless phrase or approach a piece of music with anything less than the determination he displayed at his historic Carnegie Hall concert in 1938. Is it any wonder that he was impatient with those who settled for less? Shortly after Benny was laid to rest in Stamford, I made a visit to his grave site to see that everything was in order. I found there, resting against Benny's headstone, warped in the heat of the sun, a 78 rpm recording of "Good-bye", his famous closing theme.
And fired Loren for the last time. Yo, Benny . . Benny Poorman There were many times that I pitied Benny, no matter his talent, fame, wealth and assured rank in history. Too often was I with him when pain almost overwhelmed his iron resolve to ignore it. One occasion that's etched in my memory is a black August night in the seventies, on the muddy fairgrounds at Stanhope, New Jersey. Although still summer, sheets of rain driven by a cold wind made me glad of my lined raincoat, sorry I'd not worn boots.