orig. Bennett Lester Carter born Aug. 8, 1907, New York, N.Y., U.S. died July 12, 2003, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. jazz musician. Known as one of the primary stylists of the alto saxophone, he was also an accomplished arranger, composer, clarinetist, trumpeter, and bandleader. He played in the big bands of Chick Webb and Fletcher Henderson before assuming leadership of McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1931-32). Carter worked in Europe (1935-38) and moved to California in 1945 to write music for film and television. His best-known composition is "When Lights Are Low." He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000
a US jazz musician and band leader who played the clarinet, and who helped to make Big Band music popular in the 1930s. He was known as 'The King of Swing' (1909-86). orig. Benjamin David Goodman born May 30, 1909, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died June 13, 1986, New York, N.Y. U.S. jazz clarinetist and leader of the most popular band of the swing era. Goodman formed a big band in 1934, using arrangements by Fletcher Henderson. The band's sensational broadcast from Los Angeles's Palomar Ballroom in 1935 is seen as the beginning of the swing era. Goodman's band featured trumpeters Bunny Berigan, Ziggy Elman, and Harry James and drummer Gene Krupa, all of whom would establish big bands of their own. Goodman's small group was among the first racially integrated ensembles known to a wide public. His virtuosity and immense popularity earned him the sobriquet "King of Swing
a US comedian who had a very popular radio programme and later a popular television programme, called The Jack Benny Show. He is famous for pretending to always be 39, for playing the violin badly, and for making jokes about how much he dislikes spending money (1894-1974). orig. Benjamin Kubelsky born Feb. 14, 1894, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died Dec. 27, 1974, Beverly Hills, Calif. U.S. comedian. He took up the violin as a boy and played it in vaudeville from 1912. After discovering a talent for comedy while in the navy, he returned to vaudeville as a comedian. He made his film debut in 1927 and appeared in 18 films in the years 1930-45. His weekly Jack Benny Program on radio (1932-55) and television (1950-65) won loyal audiences, and he became famous for a unique comic style characterized by subtle verbal inflection, meaningful pauses, seriocomic violin playing, and the stage image of a vain, stingy man
[ 'be-nE ] (noun.) 1949. Abbreviated from Benzedrine
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