Tex was born February 12, 1914 in Fort Worth, Texas, as Gordon Beneke. He performed in several local bands as well as the Metronome All-Stars, a group formed from polls issued by Metronome magazine. While performing in the Ben Young band, drummer Gene Krupa (who had recently left Benny Goodman) discovered Tex and, having already filled his own saxophone section, recommended Tex to Glenn Miller.
Tex spent 4 years with Miller before Miller's joining the Armed Forces and breaking up the group. During World War Two, Tex toured with a group called the Modernaires. After World War Two, when the Glenn Miller Orchestra was recreated (though Glenn Miller was missing in action). Tex quit in 1950 after disputed with Miller's estate and formed his own group, causing him to be left out of the movie The Glenn Miller Story.
Beneke died on May 30, 2000 in Costa Mesa, California.
From the Glenn Miller Years:
- "String of Pearls"
- "I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo"
- "Chattanooga Choo Choo"
- "In the Mood"
- "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree"