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Originally built in 1832, the home on 1287 Rock Rimmon Road in Stamford has all the hallmarks of a traditional New England Colonial with its wood shingle siding, rectangular shape and shuttered windows. But the Stamford property has been home to more than just typical New England architecture.
Currently for sale for nearly $1.3 million, the Rock Rimmon Road home was once the estate of musician and “King of Swing,” Benny Goodman, according to the listing. Born in 1909 in Chicago, the clarinetist played with his first pit band by age 11 and became a member of the American Federation of Musicians by age 14, according to Goodman’s website. By 1934, Goodman led his first band, and a year later, he and his band helped usher in the swing era of music. Goodman was nicknamed the “King of Swing” by Time magazine in 1937, and his self-named band went on to play with musicians from Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands.