Picks and Pans Review: Benny Goodman—let's Dance: a Musical Tribute

updated 03/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Sat., March 15, 9 p.m. ET)


What a tremendous kick this is. If you're not a big band baby, or if Linda Ronstadt hasn't yet turned you on to that grand sound, then tune in here to see what you're missing. Benny Goodman, the King of Swing—no, it's time to promote him; call him the Saint of Swing—performs no end of super numbers: Let's Dance, The Flat Foot Floogie, Blue Room, Goodbye. Rosemary Clooney, Teddy Wilson and other old friends also get into the act. This is one musical tribute that has the good sense to play songs all the way through and then give you more—newsreels of Benny in the Soviet Union in 1962, a hilarious Edward R. Murrow Person to Person interview from 1954, Disney animation from Make Mine Music! and a testimonial from Frank Sinatra. Benny's show is great entertainment. Toes of any age will tap.

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