Beneke, Gordon

Born: Feb 12, 1914 AD
Died: 2000 AD, at 86 years of age.

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.

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