Tex Beneke

Genres: Big Band & Swing Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": jazz swing oldies classic swing fallout 3 40s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1940s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Allmusic VIAF Wikipedia


Gordon Beneke, 12 February 1914, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, d. 31 May 2000, Costa Mesa, California, USA. Starting out on soprano saxophone, Beneke switched to tenor, working with various bands in the south-west. In 1938, he joined Glenn Miller where, in addition to featured tenor, he was also a regular vocalist. Beneke sang with engaging charm, if limited ability, on such classic hits as ‘I Gotta Gal In Kalamazoo’, ‘Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree’, and ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’. Strongly influenced by the driving, big-toned tradition of Texas tenors, Beneke’s playing added a jazz flavour to many Miller dance hits, including ‘In The Mood’ and ‘String Of Pearls’, on which he duetted with fellow tenor Al Klink. At the outbreak of World War II, Beneke worked with Miller’s singing group, the Modernaires, then joined the US Navy where he played in a navy band. After the war, following Miller’s death, Beneke...

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