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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000072.txt from 2010/05

From: Ray S Whitmore <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Celebrity Clarinetists
Date: Sat, 08 May 2010 07:49:54 -0400

This was a big controversy at the time The Benny Goodman Story first came out on LP (remember vinyl? It was long before CDs!). Check the keys - they are also backwards! The picture was reversed, probably looked better with the guy on the left. An example of life before Photoshop when you could just flip the negative (that's another name for film - a method of photography before digital)! Too bad who ordered the switch didn't know about clarinets. Or maybe that's a reverse Polish clarinet (math joke).

Ray S Whitmore
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-----Original Message-----
From: avi <>
Sent: Saturday, May 08, 2010 1:16 AM
To: The Klarinet Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Celebrity Clarinetists

I saw a DVD cover for the Goodman Story that showed Steve Allen holding a
clarinet with his hands reversed. Does anyone have a picture of that to
Stay tuned,
Avi Rostov

On Fri, 07 May 2010 20:46:20 -0500, Bill Hausmann <>
> At 04:02 PM 5/7/2010, you wrote:
>>On Fri, 7 May 2010 11:30:27 -0400, "Ray S Whitmore" <>
>> > I disagree that he actually played clarinet. He took enough lessons
>> > that
>> > he would look like he was actually playing in the movie.
>>Is that just an opinion, or do you have a reference? Steve Allen was a
>>genius of the first division, and an incredibly talented musician. It
>>would not surprise me at all to learn that he actually played those
> Goodman played all the clarinet, except for the very early beginner
> stuff, which he did not want to do, and which was done by
> Allen. This is well known and documented. Goodman got credit for
> the soundtrack album, anyway. Steve Allen, a talented musician,
> probably played clarinet about as well as he acted, or even worse,
> but was not completely unfamiliar with it.
> I understand that Robert DeNiro took sax lessons from Georgie Auld
> for months in order to get the right look when filming New York, New
> York. Rumor has it he was a quick study and actually COULD play the
> parts, but they used Auld's dubs on the film.
> Bill Hausmann
> If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!
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