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In the early part of his career, Benny Goodman, Clarinetist and orchestra leader, shared a flat with fellow musician Jimmy Dorsey.
Both played clarinet and saxophone, so there was fierce competition when any job came up. Rather than share the work fairly, they operated on the basic rule that whoever answered the telephone got the job.
Goodman recalls an occasion when there was a tie: “Jimmy got the mouthpiece of the phone and accepted the date. But I had the receiver and knew here the job was.”
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