Benny Goodman - Born May 30th, 1909 in Chicago. Passed on June 13th 1986. Age 77. Benny Goodman was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known has the "King of Swing."In the mid-1930's, Benny Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in America. January 16,1938 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City is described as "the single most important jazz or popular music in history: Jazz coming out party to the world of respectable music."