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Beneke, Gordon

Born: 1914 AD
Died: 2000 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Saxophonist

1914 – Born on the 12th of February in Fort Worth, Texas.

1935 – He worked with bandleader Ben Young.

1941 – Appeared with the Miller band in the films "Sun Valley Serenade" and "Orchestra Wives".

1942 – Beneke played very briefly with Horace Heidt before joining the Navy himself, leading a Navy band in Oklahoma.

1945 – He was discharged and formed a new band in conjunction with Glenn Miller’s estate.

1972 – Beneke agreed to re-record some of his Miller vocals for Time-Life Records’ set of big band recreations.

1990 – He suffered a stroke and was forced to give up the saxophone but continued to conduct and sing.

1996 – Beneke was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

         – He settled in Costa Mesa, California and remained active toward the end of that decade.

1998 – Launched another tour paying tribute to the Army Air Force Band.

2000 – Died on the 30th of May from respiratory failure at Costa Mesa, California.