By Keith Wyatt
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Since I meant BGOTR to be a pioneering effort that would offer a biographical continuum between recording sessionsfor which I coined the word, "bio-discography"I was determined that both aspects be equally accurate. Further, courtesy dictated that Benny should be made aware that a book about him was in work. Hopefully to resolve the records in question, optimistically to confirm and add to the biography, and to inform Benny about my book, it was essential that I meet with him. To my surprise, his address and telephone number200 East 66th Street, Templeton Page xx 8-5280were in the Manhattan directory.
Published in the United States of America by Scarecrow Press, Inc. 4720 Boston Way Lanham, Maryland 20706 4 Pleydell Gardens, Folkestone Kent CT20 2DN, England Copyright © 1996 by D. Russell Connor. cm. 23) Includes bibliographical references and indexes. Goodman, Benny, 1909- Discography. Goodman, Benny, 1909-. Jazz musiciansUnited StatesBiography. Title. 78165'092dc20 95-39267 CIP ISBN 0-8108-3102-3 (cloth: alk. 481984. Manufactured in the United States of America. Page v Contents Acknowledgments ix Foreword by William F.
He had, of course, waxed that obscure pop tune a quarter-century earlier (it was in my manuscript). Later I realized I'd witnessed a rare event; he seldom named a tune, almost always hummed it. My opinion of his much maligned memory rose several degrees. And he put me to work. I began to write the biographical/discographical outlines in his press kits, updated them periodically. His mail was rife with requests for autographed photos, information, reeds he had used, etc. He gave me a slew of 5 x 7 prints, boxes of his stationery (but no reeds), had Muriel mail me the inquiries.