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Al Goodman (L) with Stan Keaton after performing "Stormy Weather" at NBC radio studios

Source: University of North Texas

Al Goodman (August 12, 1890 in Nikopol, Russia – January 10, 1972 in New York City, New York) was a conductor, songwriter, stage composer, musical director, arranger, and pianist. Graduate of the Baltimore City College and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, musician in a nickelodeon, and chorus boy in one of the Milton Aborn's operettas, Russian-born Al Goodman was first introduced to musical comedy by the late Earl Carroll who persuaded him to collaborate in producing his musical, So Long Letty. This success, followed by the hit, “Sinbad”, which he produced with Al Jolson, led to positions as orchestra conductor for many Broadway productions including the highly successful Flyin’ High, The Student Prince, and Blossom Time. In all, during this period of his career, Goodman directed over 150 first-night performances and became one of the Great White Way's most popular conductors.

He was in such demand that it was not uncommon for him to conduct the orchestra of a show for the first few performances, and then hand the baton over to another while he prepared for a new production. In addition to his assignments as one of RCA Victor's most talented conductors, Goodman was kept busy directing the music for various radio network shows including Your Hit Parade (1935-1938) and the Fred Allen Show (1945-1949)and his pet program, The prudential Family H,.

During television's early years, Al Goodman was tapped to supervise and conduct the music for NBC's variety showcase Colgate Comedy Hour programs done from New York City.

Fact file

  • Born: August 12, 1890 in Nikopol, Russia
  • Died: January 10, 1972 in New York City, New York
  • Occupation: Conductor

Read more about Al Goodman at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

Soul singer Al Goodman dies
Variety, 2010-07-29 20:24:26
Obituary: Crooner part of Moments and Ray, Goodman & Brown -- Soul singer Al Goodman of the group known variously as the Moments and Ray, Goodman & Brown died Monday of heart failure during cancer surgery in Hackensack, N.J., according to a CNN report. He was 67.

Al Goodman, R&B Singer, Dies at 67
NY Times Music, 2010-07-29 05:48:33
From left, Harry Ray, Al Goodman and Billy Brown in 1980. The trio's hits were on both the R&B; and pop charts.

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