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Free & Legal Benny Goodman MP3s

November 2018 Update. Unfortunately most of these links are dead with one important exception.

Below are lots of links to mp3 files on archive.org. They are free and legal; most came from old time radio shows. Download away!

For background about Benny Goodman, check out this wonderful and well-rounded obituary of Benny Goodman by John S. Wilson in the New York Times.

The mp3s below should have a PLAY icon beside each line (you might need to wait 3 or 4 seconds for it to appear). If you press the play icon, a music player will pop up which should play the Benny Goodman songs below. The links are actually direct links to the mp3 files on archive.org image; if you want, you can download them straight from my web page. By the way, if you are looking for a tool to help you download all the mp3 links on a page, I recommend downloadthemall plugin for Firefox.  Another thing. Each mp3 (or at least the compilation containing the mp3) is described in its own page on archive.org. Unfortunately, it would be really time-consuming to indicate which pages these mp3s come from, but you could probably figure it by googling the file name or by going up one folder from the URL.  I cannot vouch for the dates or the titles, but the actual mp3 links all seem accurate to me.   Finally, if you want your mind and ears to be blown away, this URL contains 10 30 minute live radio concerts Benny Goodman did in the 1930s . You probably don’t need to download these things, but they are wonderful to listen to and mostly commercial free (except for the last one called Camel Caravan).

Benny Goodman Mp3 Links


BG Trio Dinah 1937

Benny Goodman Martha Tilton Carnegie Hall 1938 Bei Mir Bist Du Schon

BG Minnie the Moocher Wedding Day (Original)

BG Boys: That’s a-plenty 1928

BG Boys Wolverine Blues (1928)

Benny Goodman Helen Forest Smoke Gets in your Eyes

BG Sing Sing Sing Long Version (Carnegie?)

BG I would do anything for you 1937

Benny Goodman Helen Forest I’m always Chasing Rainbows

BG Peggy Lee Let’s Do It 1941

BG Farewell Blues

BG  I’ve Got Rhythm Live

BG Stan Kenton Satin Doll later stuff

BG Jam Session 1937

BG Honeysuckle Rose 13 minute version (Man, what an ending!)

BG Stan Kenton Harry James One O’Clock Jump

BG Blue Skies

BG Peggy Lee Somebody is taking my Place 1942 . I’m not 100% sure, but I think this is the song being played on the battery-operated radio in orbit in the film Apollo 13.

BG Jack Teagarten Keep a Song in Your Soul

BG Woody Hermann Harry James 1942 Back Beat Boogie

BG Martha Tilton I’ve Got that old Feeling 1938

BG Peggy Lee We’ll Meet Again

BG Swing Kids Goodnight My Love

BG Peggy Lee If you Build a better mousetrap

Benny Goodman’s song Goodbye

Benny Goodman’s Goodbye is a slow, sad and utterly beautiful song that remains one of my favorites. (More). I can’t seem to find a decent quality free mp3. Here is one defective version of the song which is somewhat listenable.  For some reason it stops in the middle of streaming, but it plays normally on Windows Media Player. ABMp3 offers an mp3 version of the song Goodbye for free although you have to enter a captcha code to see the actual link. Here is the mp3 for sale at amazon.com for 99 cents.

Other Interesting Big Band MP3s

Bob Hope & Shirley Ross Thanks for the Memories 1938

Archive.org has about 200 Vera Lynn songs. Most are lyrical and lush (i.e., not swing), but still very sweet).

Vera Lynn 1940 version of We’ll Meet Again and the more famous 1954 version (in Doctor Strangelove)

Vera Lynn Abide with Me

Vera Lynn Amazing Grace

Vera Lynn When You Wish Upon a Star

Free & Legal Mp3s of Bei Mir Bist Du Schon

For more about my obsession with this song and the Andrew Sisters, see this post. The following links are all links to strange & interesting & free versions of Bei Mir Bist du Schon.

More Free Benny Goodman MP3 Compilation Downloads

The Benny Goodman songs are  not well-labeled on archive.org so I’m listing all the music sets I can dig up. Each link contains about 10 songs.  Most of the songs are listenable and ok (and in fact you can find the pages containing the above mp3 links on one of these pages). The actual mp3s on the top of this page are my favorite songs I’ve found. Your tastes may differ!

Benny Goodman (unspecified 795 10 songs without names!) The amazing thing about this one is that it contains 10 live broadcasts of 30 minutes each from Manhatten, presumably in 1937! All are commercial-free  except the last one (Camel Caravan).

Benny Goodman 201-210

Benny Goodman 211-220

Benny Goodman 251-260

Benny Goodman 261-270

Benny Goodman 281-290

Benny Goodman 301-310

Benny Goodman 321-330

Benny Goodman 331-340 Martha Tilton Stuff!

Benny Goodman 341-350 More Martha Tilton

Benny Goodman 341-350-390-718 Lee, Bailey, Page,

Benny Goodman 351-360

Benny Goodman 361-370

Benny Goodman 371-380

Benny Goodman (unspecified 10 10 songs)

Benny Goodman unspecified 27 10 songs

Benny Goodman unspecified 65 10 songs

Benny Goodman (unspecified 88 1937 10 songs)

Benny Goodman unspecified 244 10 songs

Benny Goodman 382 unspecified 10 songs

Benny Goodman 525 unspecified 10 songs

Benny Goodman 577 unspecified songs

Benny Goodman 625 unspecified 10 songs

Benny Goodman (unspecified 666- 10 songs)

Benny Goodman (unspecified 675 1937-10 songs)

Benny Goodman (unspecified 681 9 songs)

Benny Goodman (unspecified 834 10 songs)

Benny Goodman (unspecified 836 10 songs).

Other Cool Old Time Radio Stuff

I just discovered Old Time Radio Catalog, an online  service that sells you mp3 compilation CDs of old time radio stars for $5 each.  I haven’t started listening, but I’m amazing that a single CD of the Andrews Sisters for $5 can contain 18 hours of radio performances! Holy cow! I’ve struck the jackpot!  (Here are other singers).

Archive.org has a lot of stuff but no organization. Here are some useful things I found related to old time radio shows and music.

My other cool web pages about music

Here are some other really cool web pages I have done about music which contain lots of links to free mp3s.

July 20 2014 Update.  All of the audio files are from archive.org That doesn’t mean they are in the public domain, but in the case of Benny Goodman, I think many of them are free for unlimited use.

For example, look here:
The Creative Commons license graphic on the left side clearly says it’s  public domain.

I think archive.org is pretty reliable for licensing. Except for obvious errors, once something is labeled as creative commons or public domain, it stays that way.  But note that some of the Benny Goodman URLs don’t say anything about copyright. That may simply be an omission, but it may be that it’s not possible to determine copyright status.

My experience has been that BG mp3s broadcast live originally on the radio in the 1930s were public domain. But things in the 40s still are under copyright (except for overseas war broadcasts).

Unfortunately many of the URLs I provided on that page are direct links to the mp3s and not to the “compilation” page which would have copyright information.

Sometimes you can figure it out. For example, for this: http://www.archive.org/download/BennyGoodman361-370of390/BennyGoodmanVpeggyLee-WellMeetAgain.mp3

If you search for “Benny Goodman” and 361, you will get this:


I think the URL structure follows this same pattern.

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Julie 2/12/2013, 6:06 pm

    Hi Robert!

    I love your page 🙂 I just wanted to triple check with you that ‘Benny Goodman Martha Tilton Carnegie Hall 1938 Bei Mir Bist Du Schon’ is in fact completely legal to reproduce, publish, license etc… I produce music and recently sampled this heavily for a project I am working on.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

  • Robert Nagle 2/12/2013, 10:07 pm

    The good news is that the mp3 I linked to is in the public domain. Check here and
    check here .
    There’s a copyright notice that clearly says “in the public domain”
    here. I don’t actually understand why this is so;I’m guessing it’s
    because the recordings were on the radio or the agreements for this
    music have long since expired.

    I trust archive.org for tagging things correctly. It’s possible that
    they could make a mistake. On the other hand, I tend to doubt it. If you
    are paranoid, I would recommend making a screenshot of the web page
    which clearly shows the “No rights reserved” graphic.

  • Andy Gonzalez 7/24/2014, 7:59 pm

    Hi Robert,

    I just wanted to ask and double check. So the songs are royalty free and authorize anyone to use for commercial or non-commercial production and to copy, broadcast, distribute, display, perform and monetize the production or work in any medium?

    Look forward to hearing from you!


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