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18 March 1899, Valenciennes, France, d. 24 May 1962, Santa Barbara, California, USA. A child prodigy, Goldkette toured as a concert pianist, spending several years in Greece and Russia and was still only 12 years old when he settled in America. Equipped with an astute business brain, Goldkette was soon working as a dance band pianist and joined the organization headed by Chicagos Edgar Benson. As director of one of the several Benson Orchestras, Goldkette expanded his knowledge of the band circuit to the point where he decided to set up his own business. He established an organization similar to Bensons and later acquired a building in Detroit which he turned into the Graystone Ballroom. With a recording contract for Victor Records, Goldkette soon had more work than he could handle with one band and once again followed Bensons example by forming additional bands, each labelled as a Jean Goldkette Orchestra.