Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Benny Goodman was born: May 30, 1909 / His Top 50 Songs

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Benny Goodman is one of the most important musicians in jazz history. He was a clarinetist and bandleader who became “The King of Swing” in the 1930s and personified the Big Band Era. In celebration of his birth, the DMDB presents his top 50 songs. Those songs which make Dave’s Music Database’s top 1000 songs of all time are noted (DMDB 1000), as are those songs which hit #1 in the U.S. In addition, one song (“Solo Flight”) also peaked at the pinnacle of the R&B chart.

There is a qualifier. Goodman recorded many songs which have become standards. In the event that another version of the song is ranked higher according to Dave’s Music Database, Goodman’s version is NOT included in the list below. Some of the standards he recorded, but received higher rankings by other artists include “Star Dust,” “St. Louis Blues,” “Blue Moon,” “Blue Skies,” “Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me),” “Body and Soul,” “How High the Moon,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “How Deep Is the Ocean?,” “The Japanese Sandman,” “The Man I Love,” and “After You’ve Gone.”

His Top 50 Songs

Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)

1. Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing) (1938) DMDB 1000
2. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You (with Helen Ward, 1936) DMDB 1000 #1
3. There’ll Be Some Changes Made (with Louise Tobin, 1941) DMDB 1000 #1
4. Taking a Chance on Love (with Helen Forrest, 1943) #1
5. Jersey Bounce (with Peggy Lee, 1942) #1
6. Goody Goody (with Helen Ward, 1936) #1
7. Moon Glow (1934) #1
8. And the Angels Sing (with Martha Tilton, 1939) #1
9. Don’t Be That Way (1938) #1
10. Darn That Dream (with Mildred Bailey, 1940) #1

These Foolish Things Remind Me of You

11. Goodnight My Love (with Ella Fitzgerald, 1937) #1
12. Sometimes I’m Happy (1935)
13. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place (1942) #1
14. Exactly Like You (with Lionel Hampton, 1936)
15. The Glory of Love (with Helen Ward, 1936) #1
16. I Know That You Know (1936)
17. Why Don’t You Do Right? (with Peggy Lee, 1943)
18. This Can’t Be Love (with Martha Tilton, 1938)
19. It’s Only a Paper Moon (1945)
20. I Want to Be Happy (1937)

There’ll Be Some Changes Made

21. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (with Louise Tobin, 1939)
22. Stompin’ at the Savoy (1936)
23. Gotta Be This Or That (with Dottie Reid, 1945)
24. You Turned the Tables on Me (with Helen Ward, 1936) #1
25. This Year’s Kisses (with Margaret McRae, 1937) #1
26. We’ll Meet Again (with Peggy Lee, 1942)
27. It Isn’t Fair (with Buddy Greco, 1950)
28. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (with Peggy Mann, 1945)
29. It’s Been So Long (with Helen Ward, 1936) #1
30. Basin Street Blues (1934)

Taking a Chance on Love

31. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (with Martha Tilton, 1938) #1
32. Symphony (with Liza Morrow, 1945)
33. Jingle Bells (1935)
34. I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good (with Peggy Lee, 1941)
35. You Can’t Pull the Wool Over My Eyes (with Helen Ward, 1936)
36. My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms (with Martha Tilton, 1939)
37. Serenade in Blue (with Dick Haymes, 1942)
38. Give Me the Simple Life (with Liza Morrow, 1946)
39. Afraid to Dream (with Betty Van, 1937)
40. Idaho (with Dick Haymes, 1942)

Jersey Bounce

41. Flying Home (1939)
42. Swingtime in the Rockies (1936)
43. Solo Flight (with Charlie Christian, 1941) #1 RB
44. The Flat Foot Floogee (1938)
45. Scatter-Brain (with Louise Tobin, 1939)
46. In a Sentimental Mood (1936)
47. Lullaby in Rhythm (1938)
48. I Thought about You (with Mildred Bailey, 1939)
49. Cabin in the Sky (with Helen Forrest, 1943)
50. As Long As I Live (1941)


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