A number of commercial studio sides were also recorded under Goodman's name for Melotone Records between late 1930 and mid-1931.
In 1934 Goodman auditioned for the NBC radio program Let's Dance, a well-regarded three-hour weekly program featuring various styles of dance music.
On July 31, 1935, a record of the Goodman band playing of "King Porter Stomp" was released as Victor 25090.
The B-side was "Sometimes I'm Happy", and both were Henderson arrangements, recorded July 1.
During the Depression, Fletcher disbanded his orchestra because he was in debt.
Goodman made his professional debut in 1921 at the Central Park Theater on Chicago's West Side.
The side sessions produced scores of sides recorded for the various dimestore record labels under an array of group names, including Mills' Musical Clowns, Goody's Good Timers, the Hotsy Totsy Gang, Jimmy Backen's Toe Ticklers, Dixie Daisies, and Kentucky Grasshoppers.
Goodman moved to New York City and became a successful session musician in the late 1920s and early 1930s, mostly with Ben Pollack's band between 19.
An experienced businessman, Goodman helped Henderson in 1934 when the Henderson orchestra disbanded.
He let Henderson write arrangements, which Fletcher, his brother Horace and wife, Leora, usually copied from his own records, as Fletcher had almost no scores left.
The streets are inexpressibly dirty, the number of schools inadequate, sanitary legislation unenforced, the street lighting bad, the paving miserable and altogether lacking in the alleys and smaller streets, and the stables foul beyond description. So I set out at an early age to do what I could—and devote my efforts to it, and enjoy it." The following year Benny joined the boys club band at Jane Addams's Hull House, where he received lessons from the director James Sylvester for a small cost.