5. Discography

Benny Goodman: clarinet; Teddy Wilson: piano; Lionel Hampton: vibraphone, vocal; Gene Krupa: drums.

All of the Goodman Quartet (and Trio) recordings from the Thirties are found on the essential The Complete RCA Victor Small Group Recordings (RCA/BMG 09026-68764-2, 1997). Though out of print as a CD, it can be downloaded or streamed at present. The following are recordings in session order, with notes as to when (and if) each was first released as 78 RPM sides. Photos from Discogs.

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Victor Studios, Hollywood, 21 August 1936.

Moonglow [Hudson, DeLange, Mills]. First rel.: 9 September 1936, Victor 25398 (take 1; take 2 unreleased at time).

Hollywood, 26 August 1936.

Dinah [Lewis, Young, Askt]. First rel: 9 September 1936, Victor 25398.

Exactly Like You [Fields, McHugh]. First rel: 16 September 1936, Victor 25406 [technically a Goodman Trio side w/Hampton on vocals only].

Vibraphone Blues [Hampton]. First rel: 17 February 1937, Victor 25521.

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Victor Studios (Studio 3), New York, 18 November 1936.

Sweet Sue (Just You) [Harris, Young]. First rel.: 2 December 1936, Victor 25473 (take 1; take 2 unreleased at time).

My Melancholy Baby [Norton, Burnett]. First rel.: 2 December 1936, Victor 25473.

Tiger Rag [Orig. Dixieland Jass Band]. Discarded take 1.

Victor Studio 2, New York, 2 December 1936.

Stompin’ at the Savoy [Sampson, Webb, Goodman]. First rel.: 17 February 1937, Victor 25521 (takes 1 and 2 both released as Victor 25521, take 2 becoming the standard).

Whispering [Schonberger, Coburn, Rose]. First rel: 16 December 1936, Victor 25481.

Tiger Rag. First rel.: 16 December 1936, Victor 25481 (take 2; take 3 unreleased at time).

1937

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Victor Studio 3, New York, 3 February 1937.

Ida (Sweet as Apple Cider) [Leonard, Munson]. First rel.: 3 March 1937, Victor 25531.

Tea for Two [Youmans]. First rel.: 24 February 1937, Victor 25529.

Runnin’ Wild [Grey, Wood, Gibbs]. First rel.: 24 February 1937, Victor 25529.

Hollywood, 30 July 1937.

Avalon [Jolson, Rose]. First rel.: 18 August 1937, Victor 25644 (take 2; take 1 unreleased at time).

Handful of Keys [Waller]. First rel.: 10 November 1937, Victor 25705 (take 1; take 2 unreleased at time).

The Man I Love [I &G Gershwin]. First rel.: 18 August 1937, Victor 25644.

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Hollywood, 2 August 1937.

Smiles [Callahan, Roberts]. First rel.: 8 September 1937, Victor 25660.

Liza [I & G Gershwin, Kahn]. First rel.: 8 September 1937, Victor 25660.

Victor Studio 2, New York, 29 October 1937

Vieni, Vieni, Vieni [Koger, Varna, Scotto]. First rel.: 10 November 1937, Victor 25705 (take 2; take 1 unreleased at time).

New York, 2 December 1937

I’m a Ding Dong Daddy (from Dumas) [Baxter]. First rel.: 15 December 1937, Victor 25725 (takes 1 and 2 both issued as Victor 25725).

New York, 21 December 1937 & 29 December 1937

Bei Mir Bist du Schoen (Pts. 1 & 2) [Jacobs, Cahn, Chaplin, Secunda]. First rel.: 12 January 1938, Victor 25751. [Not quite a Quartet recording, w/ Martha Tilton, voc.; Ziggy Elman, trumpet]

1938

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Carnegie Hall, 16 January 1938.

Live quartet recordings. First rel.: 13 November 1950, The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert (Columbia SL-160).

[Quartet]: Avalon/ The Man I Love/ I Got Rhythm/ Stomping at the Savoy/ Dizzy Spells.

– Krupa + Dave Tough (drums)

Victor Studio 2, New York, 25 March 1938.

Sweet Lorraine [Parish, Burell]. First rel.: 20 April 1938, Victor 25822.

The Blues in Your Flat [Hampton]. First rel: 21 September 1938, Victor 26044 (take 1; take 2 unreleased).

The Blues in My Flat [Hampton]. First rel.: 21 September 1938, Victor 26044.

Sugar [Mitchell, Alexander, Pinkard]. First rel: 10 May 1939, Victor 26240 (take 2; take 1 unreleased).

Dizzy Spells [Hampton, Goodman, Wilson]. First rel.: 20 April 1938, Victor 25822.

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Victor Studio C, 12 October 1938, Chicago.

Opus 1/2 [Goodman, Hampton]. First rel.: 16 November 1938, Victor 26091.

I Must Have That Man [Fields, McHugh]. First rel.: 16 November 1938, Victor 26090.

Sweet Georgia Brown [Bernie, Pinkard, Casey]. First rel.: 16 November 1938, Victor 26091.

S Wonderful [Gershwin]. First rel.: 16 November 1938, Victor 26090 (take 1; take 2 unreleased).

-Tough + John Kirby (string bass)

Victor Studio 2, New York, 29 December 1938.

I Know That You Know (And You Know That I Know) [Youmans]. Rel.: 18 January 1939, Victor 26139. [Hampton on drums; take 2, take 1 unreleased].

1939

-Wilson, Kirby + Buddy Schutz (drums), Jess Stacy (piano)

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Victor Studio 2, New York, 6 April 1939.

Opus 3/4 [Hampton, Goodman]. First rel.: 10 May 1939, Victor 26240 (take 1; take 2 unreleased). [A take of  “I’ve Got an Old Fashioned Love in My Heart,” with Louise Tobin on vocals, was cut in this session but scrapped.]

1942

-Hampton, Schutz, Stacy + Mel Powell (p), Sid Weiss (string bass), Ralph Collier (d).

New York, 10 March 1942.

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The World Is Waiting For the Sunrise [Lockhart, Seitz]. First rel.: 12 February 1944, Columbia 36684.

[Quartet essentially disbands, though live variations continue for rest of Goodman’s career].

1955

+ Krupa, Wilson, Goodman, Hampton.

Rec.: August 1955, Hollywood; first rel.: ca. February 1956, The Benny Goodman Story Vol. 2, Decca DL-8253.

Moonglow/ Avalon.

1963

together

Rec.: 25 February, August 1963. Rel: ca. early January 1964, Together Again! (RCA Victor LPM 2698).

Seven Come Eleven/ Say It Isn’t So/ I Found a New Baby/ Somebody Loves Me/ Who Cares?/ Runnin’ Wild/ I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good/ Dearest/ I’ll Get By/ Four Once More.