The Benny Goodman Story Overview:

The Benny Goodman Story (1956) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by Valentine Davies and produced by Aaron Rosenberg.


The music's the thing in this glossy life of Benny Goodman - and the swinging clarinet great himself supplied the sounds. The story follows Goodman from his modest upbringing in Chicago through romance and marriage to his historic concert at Carnegie Hall. Jazz buff Allen has just the right bookish kind of hep, and Harry James and Gene Krupa are among the musical cameos.

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Benny Goodman played all the clarinet music heard on the soundtrack himself, with the exception of the scene where the young Goodman first tried to play the clarinet - the squeaky notes were actually played by Steve Allen.
Already an accomplished piano player, Steve Allen learned how to play the clarinet for this film.
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