Early in his career, Benny Goodman shared an apartment with fellow-musician Jimmy Dorsey. As both men played the same instruments (sax and clarinet), there was considerable competition for gigs. Nonetheless, rather than share the work evenly, they agreed that whoever answered the telephone first would get the job.
On one occasion, their race to the phone ended in a tie. "Jimmy got the mouthpiece of the phone and accepted the date," Goodman recalled. "But I had the receiver and knew where the job was!"