Benjamin David Goodman was born on May 30th, 1909, in Chi town, Illinois. Having been the 9th of 14 children delivered from the poor Jewish few David Goodman and Etika Grisinsky. Benny formally researched music in the famed Hull House, through the age of 10 was a competent clarinetist. When justin was 13, Benny's father signed up him and two of his older brothers in music lessons on the Kehelah Jacob Synagogue. His early influences were New Orleans punk clarinetists doing work in Chicago, particularly Johnny Dodds, Leon Roppolo, and Jimmy Noone. Benny learned quickly and became a powerful player from a young age. He was quickly playing expertly while continue to 'in brief pants', playing clarinet in several bands and participating in quickly pull sessions with musicians in the Chicago field, including Bud Freeman and Red Nichols.
When Benny hit of sixteen he was named a " comer" as far away as the western coast and was asked to join a California-based music group led by another Chicago boy, Ben Pollack. Benny played with Pollack's band for the next four years. His original recording was performed with Pollack, but he was also saving under his own brand in Chicago, il and New York, where the music group had migrated from the western world coast. In 1929, if he was twenty, Benny hit out on his own to become typical New York freelance artist, playing facilities dates, leading a hole orchestra, producing himself a seasoned professional.
Benny's father, David, was a working-class immigrant regarding whom Benny said "... Pop proved helpful in the stockyard, shoveling lard in its raw state. He had those shoes, and however come home by so doing exhausted, stinking to excessive heaven, and when he strolled in that made me ill. I could not stand it. I didn't want to stand thinking about Pop every day standing in that stuff, shoveling it around". On January 9th, 1926, Benny's father David was killed in a car crash. The death was a bitter strike to the as well as it haunted Benny that his father had not existed to see every his accomplishment....