Gladys Goodding

Gladys Goodding

Birth
Macon County, Missouri, USA
Death 18 Nov 1963 (aged 70)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 111888816 · View Source
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Gladys Goodding was married for a brief time to Bob Beck. After her children were born and the couple divorced, she moved to New York.

She began a career in vaudeville playing piano at theaters for silent movies. She also played at Chautauqua, which were like concerts or musical events. In the early 1940's she was hired by the Dodger Baseball organization to play the organ at the baseball games. Her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner became famous. Later she began playing the organ and the Star Spangled Banner before the Friday night fights in Madison Square Garden. She also obtained a position playing before the New York Knicks basketball games and the New York Rangers hockey games.

This led to her being place in a 1990's board game called Trivial Pursuit--"who played for the Nicks, Rangers, and the Dodgers?" Gladys was featured in several articles in the New York newspapers, an organist magazine and Time Magazine. In the 1950's, Gladys had the honor of playing at Carnegie Hall. She recorded a number of records for family and friends, playing both the piano and organ.

After the Dodgers left New York in 1957, Gladys remained in New York and continued with the other teams and the boxing matches at the Garden. Some years later she developed arthritis and moved to Arizona for a time. She returned to New York where she died in 1963. Several newspapers carried an account of her life and death in New York.


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  • Created by: Barbara Dines Hoffman
  • Added: 6 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111888816
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gladys Goodding (18 Jun 1893–18 Nov 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111888816, ; Maintained by Barbara Dines Hoffman (contributor 47344470) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.