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05/3 December 2005 - March 2006
Our 27th Year of Publication.

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DEMS 05/3-60

Bjarne Busk
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bjarne.busk@privat.dk

2005-10-05

This is a work in progress, started in 2004 with the purpose of contributing to the documentation of the music of Duke Ellington, as it was recorded from the beginning of his career until the end of 1939. The work is not complete, nor flawless, and probably never will be. But I think it is getting better all the time, not the least thanks to contributions from experts and collectors from many countries.

I hope readers will take the time and effort to write me about additions and corrections.

Bjarne Busk

 

Duke Ellington material recorded by other artists in the 1920s and 1930s.

At a dance date Duke Ellington was requested to play a wellknown number from the repertoire of another famous big band. No, said Duke, we don’t play that. [You’ve come to the] wrong band!

And so it was in the twenties and thirties, as well as later on: The known or ambitious bands strived for their own repertoire, thus defining the band, and keeping a loyal group of followers. Still quite many Duke Ellington compositions and adapted arrangements were played and recorded by other artists in these years. The main reason for that would be that these were just good songs for either dancing or listening. Other reasons could be that bands had to be able to play the hit tunes of the day, in order to keep their audience, there was money to be made if people would buy a band’s recording of a hit tune, and sometimes the band manager or a publishing company would dictate what was to be recorded. And there could be the artistic challenge in playing Ellington’s kind of music.

In the following are listed Duke Ellington compositios recorded by other artists in the 1920s and 1930s, plus a list of Ellington compositions played by Paul Whiteman’s orchestra, though not recorded by him.

As it will appear, I have not heard all recordings listed. So some recordings of the more obscure titles may turn out not to be recordings of Ellington compositions, but of other compositions with the same title. The following records with titles similar to Duke Ellington compositions (and sometimes erronuosly attributed to Ellington in LP sleeve notes) have in fact turned out to be other pieces than Ellington’s: Blue Mood (Mills Blue Rhythm Band), Choo Choo (Frankie Trumbauer Orch.), Goin’ To Town (Luis Russell Orch.), Hodge Podge (Claude Hopkins Orch.), Mississippi Moan (The Mississippi Moaners), Morning Glory (Claude Hopkins Trio), Old Man Blues (Freddie Keppard Orch.), Pussy Willow (Tommy Dorsey Orch.), Showboat Shuffle (King Oliver Orch.), Solitude (Meade Lux Lewis), Take It Easy (Earl Hines Orch.), That Solid Old Man (Eddie Brunner Orch.). These are of course not listed, nor are records listed that seem very unlikely to be Duke Ellington’s compositions (e.g. Mississippi Moan with The Ebony Three 1938).

For contributions and good advice I thank the following: Fred Beckhardt, Jan Bruer, David Diehl, Bill Egan, Peder Hansen, Sjef Hoefsmit, Andrew Homzy, Carl A. Hällström, Erik Høst, Rainer E. Lotz, Arnvid Meyer, Arne Neegaard, Marcello Piras, Maurice Rolfe, Frits Schjøtt, Egon Staniok, Ken Steiner. Last but not least Bill Hill for sharing information and recordings years back.

There are two lists:

  1. Recordings 1924 – 1939.
  2. Played, but not recorded 1924 – 1939.
  3. The lists include compositions, where Duke Ellington is composer or co-composer. The prime source of titles of compositions is Duke Ellington’s autobiography Music Is My Mistress. After the first entry of the title is written first the year of copyright (c:…), then the date of Duke Ellington’s first recording of the piece (r:…), recorded broadcasts and unissued recordings included.

    If the artist is not from USA the nationality is written in ( ).

    Recordings by the small units from Duke Ellington’s orchestra with either Duke Ellington or Billy Strayhorn at the piano are not included, as they are regarded as Duke Ellington recordings.

    In the last column is first written the matrix no. in ( ), then the first issue, and then some later reissues. An * indicates that I have heard the recording.

    The tables are sorted by title and date of recording.

    197 titles are listed in Music Is My Mistress as copyrighted between 1924 and 1939. 302 recordings (alternative takes and rejected takes included) are documented below of 64 different titles.

    Recordings 1924 – 1929

    49 titles are listed in Music Is My Mistress as copyrighted in the 1920s. 43 recordings (alternative takes and rejected takes included, as well as some possible recordings) ) are documented below of 11 different titles. The 2 most popular numbers are Jig Walk (14 recordings and one possible recording), and Choo Choo (Gotta Hurry Home) (9 recordings). The succes of Choo Choo could be due a.o. to the fact that the song was published both as sheet music and in a dance band arrangement (not by Ellington). As documented below the tune was recorded by a number of other bands before Ellington himself recorded it in his own arrangement.

    Jig walk was the tune that caught on from the show Chocolate Kiddies, not the least in Europe, where the show toured in 1925. 6 of the known recordings of Jig Walk in the 1920s are by European bands, as well as one further in 1933. Ellington never made a studio recording of Jig Walk, the sole Ellington recordings of the tune being from broadcasts, dance dates and concerts. As a whole it was Ellington, the song and dance-music writer, that was recorded by other bands in the 1920s, not Ellington, the artistic creator of original music. For example the "hot" dance tune Birmingham Breakdown from 1926/27 was recorded by three bands, Black And Tan Fantasy or Creole Love Call from about the same time by none until the 1930s.

    Recordings 1930 – 1939

    148 titles are listed in Music Is My Mistress as copyrighted between 1930 and 1939. 259 recordings (alternative takes and rejected takes included) are documented below of 53 different titles. The 5 most popular numbers are: Solitude (41 recordings), Caravan (32 recordings), Mood Indigo (29 recordings), It Don’t Mean A Thing (17 recordings), and Sophisticated Lady (14 recordings).

    Titles in ( ) are tributes to Duke Ellington, not written by him. 4 tributes to Duke Ellington from the 1930s are listed. They are written and played by orchestras coming from England, Denmark, The Netherlands and USA.

    During the 1930s Duke Ellington had become a nationally and internationally known figure of music, and there was a growing appreciation of Duke Ellington’s music as art, along with the growing awareness and recognition of jazz music as an original art form.. His music was published more extensively both on records and in sheet music, and became described and analyzed by jazz critics and musiologists. In 1932 for instance R.D. Darrell wrote an article "Black Beauty" in the Philadelphia based magazine "Disques", which was usually devoted to new classical recordings, an article that Mark Tucker in his book "The Duke Ellington Reader" (Mark Tucker Ed. Oxford University Press, New York – Oxford 1993) calls a landmark of criticism, and one of the most important articles ever written about Ellington. In the article the author aims at describing what characterises Ellington’s music compared to the music of other famous names in jazz and classical music. The more ambitious bands seemed to be challenged by Ellington’s music, and want to explore his way of writing and playing music. Especially his ballads from the 1930s were recorded extensively by other bands, and were becoming "standards" with a lasting attraction to both musicians and the public to this day. The popularity of Duke Ellington’s orchestra, and the music he wrote was also due to the radio broadcasts from The Cotton Club (by 1929 Duke Ellington was broadcast regularly on CBS Radio network).

    From 1929 till 1937 Duke Ellington appeared in 11 films, probably more than any other black bandleader at the time, which was both a result of his growing drawing powers and a boost to his career, both as a performer and a composer: Black And Tan (1929), Check And Double Check (1930), Paramount Pictorial No. 837 The World At Large (1933), Bundle Of Blues (1933), Murder At The Vanities (1934), Hollywood On Parade (1934), Many Happy Returns (1934), Belle Of The Nineties (1934), Symphony In Black (1935), The Hit Parade (1937), and Paramount Pictorial No. 889 (1937). In Symphony in Black (1935) Ellington is specifically shown as a composer in the classical sense, writing the music of this "new symphony of negro moods".

    Duke Ellington went to Europe in June1933, where he toured England and Scotland for one and a half month, went to the continent and gave a concert in Scheveningen, The Netherlands (which was recorded and broadcast in the Netherlands), and played several concerts in Paris, France, before going home in the beginning of August. He made a huge impact on the European musicians and critics. No less than 20 European recordings of Ellington tunes made in 1933 after his tour in Europe are documented below. Compared to the American bands, the European bands focused more on trying to play like the Ellington band, learning to use the tonal colours etc., and not just using the tunes as a basis for dance arrangements. Good examples of this are the recordings by the English band Madame Tussaud’s Dance Orchestra that recorded 7 of Ellington’s compositions in 1933, among those some of the more challenging and unusual ones like Echoes of the Jungle and Old Man Blues. English bandleader and composer Spike Hughes recorded The Mooche as early as 1930, and went on composing a tribute to Duke Ellington in two parts called "A Harlem Symphony" in 1931. In The Netherlands The Ramblers Dance orchestra also made and recorded an Ellington tribute in December 1933 "Duke’s Holiday", composed and arranged by Klaas van Beeck. A similar honour was not given to Duke in USA until Charlie Barnet’s "The Duke’s Idea" in 1939. The English mouth organ virtuoso Larry Adler recorded several Ellington tunes in the 1930s, and his high esteem of Duke Ellington showed when he was called upon to play Ellington’s Sophisticated Lady in the film "Many Happy Returns" in 1934, and insisted upon having Ellington’s band to play behind him.

    In USA Cab Calloway’s Orchestra was the first big band to record Ellington tunes, 3 tunes were recorded in 1931. It probably had some connextion with the fact that Cab Calloway followed Duke as house band in the famous Cotton Club in New York in February 1931. Also the big white swing orchestras began using Ellington material. Benny Goodman’s Orchestra recorded and had in its repertoire 7 different Ellington numbers from 1935-1939. The Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra and Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra had several Ellington numbers in the book. Even a society band like Richard Himber’s played and recorded Ellington tunes, showing Ellington’s now broader appeal. One of the very best black big bands of the 1930s, Jimmie Lunceford’s orchestra recorded 6 different Ellington numbers in 1934-1935. Arranged by Sy Oliver, Willie Smith, Ed Wilcox and Eddie Durham these recordings represented an ambitious and original way of releasing the potentials of Ellington’s material. The Orchestra with most recordings of Ellington tunes is Charlie Barnet’s orchestra (10 recordings + a number of recordings of Ellington associated tunes in arrangements similar to Duke’s). Charlie Barnet was an outspoken admirer of Duke’s music. As Barney Bigard wrote in his Autobiography "With Louis and the Duke": "The band that really copied us was Charlie Barnet’s. If you heard them on the radio a lot of people would swear up and down that it was our band". (Barney Bigard - ed. Barry Martyn: With Louis and the Duke. (Oxford University Press, New York 1985). Charlie Barnet’s heavy use of Ellington material continued throughout his whole career.

    1. Recorded 1924 - 1939

    Tune
    (c: copyright year, r: the date of the first recording by Duke Ellington)

    Artist

    Date and place of recording

    Comments.
    (Matrix no.). First issue. Some later issues on LP and CD. Comments. * = I have heard the recording.

    (Den grimme Ellington)

    De Tre med Swing-Ensemble, dir. Bernhard Christensen (DK)

    1935-11-06
    Copenhagen, DK

    (OCS 253). HMV X 4547. The title is a pun on words: Den grimme aelling = The ugly Duckling. *

    (Duke’s Holiday)

    The Ramblers Dance Orchestra (NL)

    1933-12-00
    Hilversum, NL

    (AM32-1). De F42012. CD Mercury 565817-2. *

    (Duke’s Holiday)

    The Ramblers Dance Orchestra (NL)

    1933-12-00
    Hilversum, NL

    (AM32-2). De unissued.

    (Harlem Symphony, A pt. 1 & 2)

    Spike Hughes

    1931-11-17
    London, GB

    (GB-3592-2 & GB-3593-3). Decca F-2711. *

    (The Duke’s Idea)

    Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra

    1939-09-10
    Hollywood

    (036482-4). BB B-10453.
    CD KAZ 311. *

    Alabamy Home
    (c: 1937, r: 1937-06-08)

    The Gotham Stompers

    1937-03-25
    New York

    (M-303-1). Vri 629. LP Tax m-8005. *

    Azure
    (c: 1937, r: 1937-04-22)

    Art Shaw And His New Music

    1938-02-15
    New York

    (019826-1). Thesaurus 549. CD Tax 3709-2. *

    Azure

    Cab Calloway And His Orchestra

    1938-03-23
    New York

    (M-787-1). Voc 4100. LP Merritt 21. LP Bandstand 7125. *

    Azure

    Bunny Berigan And His Orchestra

    1938-04-21
    New York

    (022486-1). Vic 25848.
    CD Historia 20.1918-HI. *

    Azure

    Chick Webb And His Orchestra

    1938-05-03
    New York

    (63696-C). Dec 1899.
    CD CL 517. CD KAZ CD 318. *

    Azure

    Lew Stone And His Band (GB)

    1938-09-26
    London, GB

    (DR-2930-1). Dec F-6796.

    Azure

    Max Rumpf (D)

    1938-12 (c.)
    Berlin, D

    (KC 27367). Imperial 17224. *

    Bird Of Paradise
    (c: 1935, r: -)

    Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra

    1935-05-29
    New York

    (39552-A). Dec 639. CD GRP 6082. *

    Birmingham Breakdown
    (c: 1927, r: 1926-11-29)

    The Arkansas/Arkansaw Travellers (Red Nichols)

    1927-09-14
    New York

    (144667). HAR-505-H. LP Col 4L18. *

    Birmingham Breakdown

    Dixie Dance Demons

    1928-02
    New York

    (2915-A-B). CAM 8162. LP Harrison Records Vol.A, HR VI. *

    Birmingham Breakdown

    The Chocolate Dandies

    1928-10-13
    New York

    (401220-B). OK 8668. CD Jazz Archives No. 67. *

    Birmingham Breakdown

    Philip Lewis And His Orchestra (GB)

    1930-04-05
    London, GB

    (MB-1170-1-2). Dec rejected.

    Birmingham Breakdown

    Lanigiro Hot Players (Switzerland)

    1931 c.
    Basel, CH

    Private recording, Dormofon Acetate.
    LP Harlequin HQ 2061. *

    Black And Tan Fantasy
    (c: 1927, r: 1927-04-07)

    Clyde McCoy And His Orchestra

    1931-04-10
    New York

    (W 151503). Columbia 2466-D.

    Black And Tan Fantasy

    Mills Blue Rhythm Band

    1931-05-01
    New York

    (10601-1-3). 8BAN 32199.
    CD CL 6609, and Classics 660.
    (Originally as Blue Ribbon Boys or Harlem Hot Shots). *

    Black And Tan Fantasy

    Paul Davis And His Orchestra

    1932-11-25
    Richmond, Indiana

    (18910). Ch 16524.
    LP Harrison Records Vol.B, HR VII. LP MCA 1371. *

    Black And Tan Fantasy

    Billy Cotton and his Band (GB)

    1933-07-21
    London, GB

    (CAR-2134-1). RZ MR-1037. *

    Black And Tan Fantasy

    Jack Hylton (GB) And His Orchestra

    1933-11-18
    London, GB

    (GB-6351-2). Decca F. 3764.
    LP Ace of Clubs ACL 1205. Part of medley "Ellingtonia" q.v. *

    Black And Tan Fantasy

    Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra

    1934-09-05
    New York

    (38534-A). Dec 453. CD GRP 6082. *

    Black And Tan Fantasy

    Georg Enders Orkester (S)

    1935-09-12
    Stockholm, S

    (653). Cameo 410.
    CD Caprice CAP 22038. The same recording is also on CD Jazz Document CVA 7993, where the date given is 1939-09-26. *

    Black And Tan Fantasy

    Clyde McCoy and his Sugar Blues Orchestra

    1936
    New York

    Radio Transcriptions.
    CD CCM-033. *

    Black And Tan Fantasy

    Clyde McCoy And His Orchestra

    1937-01-05
    New York

    (61504-). Decca 1152. *

    Black And Tan Fantasy

    Arne Hülphers Orkester (as Scala Jazzorkester) (S)

    1938-07-08
    Stockholm, S

    (132-1). Scala 97. *

    Black Beauty
    (c: 1928, r: 1928-03-21)

    The Lumberjacks

    1928-10-17 (c.) New York

    (3411-A). CAM 8352. LPs TOM 51 & Jazz Panorama 6. *

    Blue Bells of Harlem
    (c. 1939, r: 1943-01-23)

    Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra

    1938-12-25
    New York

    From Paul Whiteman’s Christmas Concert at Carnegie Hall, New York. CD Nostalgia Arts 3033025 (under the title Blue Belle of Harlem) Arr.Fred van Eps # 0193. *

    Blue Reverie
    (c: 1937, r: 1937-03-08)

    Ellingtonia Combo from Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall Concert

    1938-01-16
    New York

    Col A-1049.
    CD Columbia 2 275 485 8. *

    Boy Meets Horn
    (c: 1939, r: 1938-09-02)

    Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

    1939-08-11
    Los Angeles

    (LA 1952-A). Col 35301. CD 205377. *

    Boy Meets Horn

    Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

    1939-08-11
    Los Angeles

    (LA 1952-B).
    CD Phontastic NCD 8821/1. *

    Boy Meets Horn

    Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

    1939-09-02

    CBS bc "Camel Caravan".
    CD Phont NCD 8846. *

    Caravan

    (c: 1937, r: 1936-12-19)

    Eddie Stone And His Orchestra

    1937-05-12
    New York

    (21122-1). Voc 3576.

    Caravan

    Edgar Hayes And His Orchestra

    1937-05-25
    New York

    (62217-A). Dec 1338
    LP Swingfan 1003. *

    Caravan

    Edgar Hayes And His Orchestra

    1937-05-25
    New York

    (62217-B). 02448.

    Caravan

    Leith Stevens and his orchestra

    1937-06-12
    New York

    CBS bc "Saturday Night Swing Club".
    CD Memphis Archives MA 7002. CD Storyville Jazz Unlimited JUCD 2056/57. Arrangement by Paul Sterrett (?). *

    Caravan

    Ambrose And His Orchestra (GB)

    1937-07-08
    London, GB

    (TB 3139-1). Dec F-5458.
    LP Harlequin HQ 3016. Orch. leader Bert Ambrose. *

    Caravan

    Jimmy Ray And His Orchestra

    1937-07-09
    New York

    (011080-1). BB B-7079.

    Caravan

    Larry Adler acc. by small orch.

    1937-08-12
    London, GB

    (CA-16492-1-2). Col rejected.

    Caravan

    Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

    1937-08-17
    Los Angeles

    CBS bc "Camel Caravan". Col 48333. CD Col 48836. CD Phont NCD 8841. *

    Caravan

    Bunny Berigan And His Orchestra

    1937-08-18
    New York

    (013202-1). Vic 25653. CD Sony 89019. *

    Caravan

    Shep Fields & His Rippling Rhythm

    1937-08-21
    New York

    (BS 011761). Bluebird B-7136.
    LP Camden CAL 388.

    Caravan

    Eddie Carroll And His Swing Music (GB)

    1937-08-31
    London, GB

    (CE-8558-1). Par R-2326.

    Caravan

    Nat Gonella And His Georgians (GB)

    1937-09-15
    London, GB

    (CE-8591-1). Par F-904.
    EMI GX 41-2536-1. *

    Caravan

    Jack Harris And His Orchestra

    1937-09-16
    London, GB

    (OEA-5342-1). HMV BD-5265.
    LP World Records SH 219.

    Caravan

    Larry Adler acc. by small orch.

    1937-09-25
    London, GB

    (CA-16492-4). Col FB-1776. *

    Caravan

    Max Rumpf (D)

    1937-10 (c.)

    (KC 26177-). Imperial 17160. *

    Caravan

    Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

    1937-10-13
    New York

    CBS bc.
    LP Sunbeam SB-116. *

    Caravan

    Harry Roy And His Orchestra (GB)

    1937-11-10
    London, GB

    (CE-8729-1). Par F-961. *

    Caravan

    Tanz-Sinfonie Orchester, dir. Peter Kreuder (D)

    1937-11-16
    Berlin, D

    (22491-). Telefunken 2369. Released in USA on Varsity 8068 as Radio’s Novelty Orchestra. LP Historia H-632/633. *

    Caravan

    Mills Brothers

    1937-12-17
    London, GB

    (TB3456-1).
    CD JSP CD 320. *

    Caravan

    Mills Brothers

    1937-12-17
    London, GB

    (TB3456-2).
    CD JSP CD 320. *

    Caravan

    Kristian Haugers Orkester (N)

    1937-12-30
    Oslo, N

    Private acetate. LP Harlequin HQ 2029. CD Norsk Jazzarkiv HJCD 9001. *

    Caravan

    Sam Samson Orkester (S)

    1938-01
    Stockholm, S

    (2787-1). Toni 643. *

    Caravan

    Grand Dansorkester (S)

    1938-01-15
    Stockholm, S

    (303-1). Silverton 3172. TUR 5043. Grand Grd. 043. ( As Arne Hülphers Orkester) *

    Caravan

    Roy Fox And His Orchestra (GB)

    1938-02/08
    London, GB

    Lp Halcyon Hal 7. *

    Caravan

    Ady Rosner et son orchestre (D)

    1938-02-07
    Paris (F)

    (CL6610-1). Co (F) DF2381, (G) DW4605. *

    Caravan

    Olle Johnny & Jack Gill (S)

    1938-02-16
    Stockholm, S

    (243). Sca 129. Accordian duo. *

    Caravan

    Bar-Trio (accor.,p,g) (D)

    1938-02-24
    Berlin, D

    (7641-1/2GR8). Grammpophon 47196-A.
    (On record titled "Caravane"). *

    Caravan

    Mills Brothers

    1938-05-20
    New York

    (63830-A). Decca 1876.
    CD JSP CD 320. *

    Caravan

    Erhard Bauschke

    1938-07-14
    Berlin, D

    (3452-1/2GN8). Grammophon 10934-A. *

    Caravan

    The Four Rhythm Aces
    (Vocal group led by Jan. G. Ceulemans). (B & NL)

    1938-11
    Milan (I)

    (MO). Od (I) GO19549.

    Caravan

    Valaida Snow & Lulle Ellboj’s Orch

    1939-08-28
    Stockholm, S

    (4876-SED). Sonora 3577. LP Stash ST-113. CD Classics 1122. *

    Caravan

    Bunny Berigan And His Orchestra

    1939-09-26
    New York

    WNEW bc from New York Manhattan Center. LP Merritt 501.
    CD JU 201 2077. *

    Chatterbox
    (c: 1938, r: 1937-09-20)

    Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra

    1938-05-16
    New York

    (MS-023234-1). Thesaurus 606.
    CD Tax 3715-2. *

    Chatterbox

    Swing And Sway With Sammy Kaye

    1939-11-21 New York

    (043885-1). Vic 26430.

    Choo Choo (Gotta Hurry Home)
    (c: 1924, r: 1924-11)

    The Ambassadors (Gene Austin (vo))

    1924-10
    New York

    (13883). Voc 14916.

    Choo Choo (Gotta Hurry Home)

    Original Memphis Five

    1924-10-14
    New York

    (105610). PA 036151.

    Choo Choo (Gotta Hurry Home)

    Earl Randolph’s Orchestra (as Frisco Syncopators). Really it is Joseph Samuels And His Orchestra

    1924-10-23 (c.)
    New York

    (1936-1). Pm 20358.

    Choo Choo (Gotta Hurry Home)

    The Goofus Five (Adrian Rollini)

    1924-10-24
    New York

    (72932). OK 40233.

    Choo Choo (Gotta Hurry Home)

    Sam Lanin And His Orchestra (as Lucky Strike Dance Orchestra (with Arthur Hall (vo))

    1924-10-27
    New York

    (5687). Apex 8279.

    Choo Choo (Gotta Hurry Home)

    Billy Murray – Edward Smalle

    1924-11
    New York

    (31113). Victor 19516+.

    Choo Choo (Gotta Hurry Home)

    Bailey’s Dixie Dudes (Adrian Rollini) (as The Kentucky Blowers or Alabama Creole Band)

    1924-11-12
    New York

    (9189). Gnt 5602.

    Choo Choo (Gotta Hurry Home)

    Sam Lanin And His Orchestra (as Dixie Daisies)

    1924-11-14
    New York

    (1210-C). Cameo 682.

    Choo Choo (Gotta Hurry Home)

    Gene Rodemich’s Orchestra

    1924-11-24
    New York

    (14350/3). Br 2775.

    Creole Love Call
    (c: 1928, r: 1927-10-26)

    Cab Calloway And His Orchestra

    1931-05-06
    New York

    (10602-1). Ban 32152. CD Classics 516. (On record titled " Creole Love Song"). *

    Creole Love Call

    Clyde McCoy And His Orchestra

    1931-12-02
    New York

    (Mx 151766-2). Col DW 4091.

    Creole Love Call

    Bobby Saz And His Band (A)

    1932/1933

    Saxon 156.
    CD RST 91541-2 "Rare & Hot Jazz In Austria 1930 – 1950". *

    Creole Love Call

    Van Dam And His Band (GB)

    1933-07 (c.)
    London, GB

    (5189-2). Oct 1024.

    Creole Love Call

    Comedy Harmonists (D)

    1933-09-15
    Berlin, D

    (OD 1712-2). HMV B 8023. 3:16. ASV CD AJA 5204, The Comedy Harmonists "Auf Viederseh’n". *

    Creole Love Call

    Comedy Harmonists (D)

    1933-09-15
    Berlin, D

    Prob. (OD 1712-1). 3:37. CD EMI 5314272. "Berlin 1925 – 1936 – The Cabaret Years". *

    Creole Love Call

    Comedy Harmonists (D)

    1933-10-28
    Paris, F

    (OPG 1147-1). HMV 4317. Grammophon 7093. CD EMI 798914-2. 3:33 *

    Creole Love Call

    Larry Adler piano solo.

    1936-04
    London, GB

    (S-111). Voc 536. *

    Creole Love Call

    Comedy Harmonists (D)

    1938
    USA

    On a private film, rec. 1938 in USA. Can be seen in documentary by Fechner.

    Creole Love Call

    Larry Adler acc. by small orch.

    1938-01-29
    London, GB

    (CA-16812-1). Col FB-1911.

    Creole Love Call

    Eddie Carroll And His Swing Music (GB)

    1938-03-08
    London, GB

    (CE-9003-2). Par R-2522.

    Daybreak Express
    (c: 1934, r: 1933-12-04)

    Borrah Minevitch And His Harmonica Rascals

    1934-09-18

    (38685). Decca 174 A.

    Delta Serenade
    (c: 1935, r: 1934-01-09)

    Nat Gonella And His Georgians (GB)

    1938-04-12
    London, GB

    (CE-9077-1). Par F-1205. *

    Drop Me Off In Harlem
    (c: 1933, r: 1933-02-17)

    Mills Blue Rhythm Band

    1933-12-04
    New York

    (78827-1). Vic rejected. LP Merritt 01. CD Conifer CDHD 169. (With Adelaide Hall). *

    Drop Me Off In Harlem

    Mills Blue Rhythm Band

    1933-12-04
    New York

    (78827-2). Vic rejected.
    CD Jazz Archives 60. (With Adelaide Hall)

    Drop Me Off In Harlem

    Red Norvo And His Orchestra

    1938-09-09
    New York

    (BB17289-A2). World 200-2781.
    LP Jazum 1. CD Circle 03. *

    Echoes Of Harlem
    (c: 1936, r: 1936-02-27)

    Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra

    1938-05-16
    New York

    (MS-023233-1). Thesaurus 566.
    CD Tax 3715-2. *

    Echoes Of Harlem

    Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra

    1939-04-05
    New York

    (035563-1). BB B-10210.
    CD KAZ 311. *

    Echoes Of The Jungle
    (c: -, r: 1931-06-16)

    Madame Tussaud’s Dance Orchestra (GB)

    1933-11-17
    London, GB

    (EB 1088-11D). Disclair K1769.
    LP Retrieval FG-408. *

    Ellingtonia (Medley)

    Jack Hylton (GB)

    1933-11-18
    London, GB

    Medley consists of: Black And Tan Fantasy/ It Don’t Mean A Thing/ Mood Indigo/ Bugle Call Rag, q.v. *

    Emperor Jones

    Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra

    1937-08-05
    New York

    AKA Jubilesta q.v. *

    Gal From Joe’s
    (c: 1939, r: 1938-02-02)

    Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra

    1939-02-24
    New York

    (033901-1). BB B-10153.
    CD KAZ 311. *

    Gold Digger
    (c. 1927), r: -)

    Johnny Ringer’s Rosemont Orch.

    1927-09-16
    New York

    (GEX-878). Gennett 6280-A.

    Harlem Speaks
    (c: 1935, r: 1933-07-13)

    Nat Gonella And His Georgians (GB)

    1938/1939
    London, GB

    Acetate. LP Joy Records D 284.

    Harmony In Harlem
    (c: 1938, r: 1937-09-20)

    Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra

    1938-05-16
    New York

    (MS-023233-1). Thesaurus 566.
    CD Tax 3715-2. *

    Hodge Podge
    (c: 1939, r: 1938-12-20)

    Gene Krupa And His Orchestra

    1939-04-16
    Chicago

    (WC-2574-1). Col 35262.
    LP Ajax LP-111. *

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
    (c: 1938, r: 1938-03-03)

    Mildred Bailey And Her Orchestra (Red Norvo And His Orchestra)

    1938-04-19
    New York

    (22755-1). Voc 4083. Note: Both takes of matrix 22755 appeared at different times on Voc 4083. CD Mosaic MD 10-204. *

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

    Mildred Bailey And Her Orchestra (Red Norvo And His Orchestra)

    1938-04-19
    New York

    (22755-2). Voc 4083. Note: Both takes of matrix 22755 appeared at different times on Voc 4083. CD Mosaic MD 10-204. *

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

    Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

    1938-04-22
    New York

    (022487-1). Vic 25840. CD History 20.19031-HI. *

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

    Hot Lips Page And His Band

    1938-04-27
    New York

    (022928-1). BB B-7567.
    RCA LPV 576. *

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

    Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra

    1938-05-06
    New York

    (3719-A). Dec 1809. LP Ajax-134. (With June Richmond). *

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

    Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra

    1938-05-16
    New York

    (MS-023232-1). Thesaurus 537.
    CD Tax 3715-2. *

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

    Cab Calloway And His Orchestra

    1938-05-28
    Minneapolis – St. Paul

    KSTP bc. LP Merritt 22. *

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

    Connie Boswell

    1938-06-15

    (63993 A). Decca 1896. *

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

    Count Basie And His Orchestra

    1938-07-09
    New York

    Bc. LP CC-9. *

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

    Roy Fox And His Orchestra (GB)

    1938-08-09
    London, GB

    HMV BD 5397.
    LP World Record SH 118/9. *

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

    Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

    1938-10-11

    Camel Caravan bc.
    LP Sunbeam SB-152. *

    I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

    Svenska Hotkvintetten (S)

    1939-10
    Stockholm, S

    (CS-1335). Columbia DS 1163.
    CD Dragon DRCD 223. *

    I’m So In Love With You
    (c: 1931, r: 1930-11-08)

    Teddy Grace

    1937-08-03
    New York

    (62494-A-B). Dec 1398.

    I’ve Got To Be A Rug Cutter
    (c: 1937, r: 1937-02)

    Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra

    1938-11-05
    New York

    Thesaurus 680. LP IAJRC 8. Compact cassette Ajax C-679. *

    If You Were In My Place
    (c: 1938, r: 1938-02-24)

    Mildred Bailey And Her Orchestra (Red Norvo And His Orchestra)

    1938-04-21
    New York

    (22770-1). Voc 4109.
    CD CL 1060 & CD HEP 1040. *

    If You Were In My Place

    Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra

    1938-05-06
    New York

    (63718-A). Dec 1809. LP Ajax-134. (With June Richmond). *

    In A Jam
    (c: 1936, r: 1936-07-29)

    Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra

    1938-05-16
    New York

    (MS-023233-1). Thesaurus 566.
    CD Tax 3715-2. *

    In A Sentimental Mood
    (c: 1935, r: 1935-04-30)

    Bob Crosby And His Orchestra

    1936 (c.)
    New York

    (Mx A-924-C1). From 12" Muzak transcriptions. LP Jazum 48. *

    In A Sentimental Mood

    Casper Reardon His Harp And His Orchestra

    1936-04-23
    New York

    (P-19094-1).
    Liberty Music Shop L-193.

    In A Sentimental Mood

    Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

    1936-06-15
    New York

    (102214-2). Vic 25351. CD HEP 1039. *

    In A Sentimental Mood

    Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra

    1936-07-27
    Los Angeles

    (DLA-469-A). Decca 882.
    CD GRP 626. CD KAZ 309. *

    In A Sentimental Mood

    Dick McDonough And His Orchestra

    1936-08-04
    New York

    (19652-1). ARC 6-11-02. *

    In A Sentimental Mood

    Mills Blue Rhythm Band

    1936-08-11
    New York

    (CO-19687-1-2). Col 3148-D.
    LP Jazz Panorama LP 3. *

    In A Sentimental Mood

    Ben Pollack And His Orchestra

    1936-12-18
    Hollywood

    (B-4372-B). Vri 556.
    CD Jazz Band Compact Classic EBCD 2157-2. *

    In A Sentimental Mood

    Quintette du Hot Club de France (Django Reinhardt) (F)

    1937-04-26
    Paris, F

    (OLA –1718-1). HMV B-8629.
    CD Past Perfect 204281-202. *

    In A Sentimental Mood

    Casper Reardon His Harp And His Orchestra

    1937-05-18
    New York

    (M 477). Master MA 133.

    In A Sentimental Mood

    Art Tatum – piano solo

    1938-12
    New York

    The Standard Transcriptions.
    CD Storyville STCD 8260/61. *

    It Don’t Mean A Thing
    (c: 1932, r: 1932-02-02)

    Mills Brothers

    1932-06
    New York

    (C 8664-1). CD JSP 302. *

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    Billy Banks And His Orchestra

    1932-08-18
    New York

    (73307-1). Vic 24148.

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    Charlie Palloy And His Orchestra

    1932-09 / 10 c.
    New York

    (1879-1). Crown 3392.

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    Charlie Palloy And His Orchestra

    1932-09/10
    New York

    (1979-1). Cr 3392.

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    The Song Fellows

    1932-09-22
    New York

    (12354-). Mt M-12508.

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    Washboard Rhythm Kings

    1932-10-05
    New York

    (12427-A). Voc 1724. CD Collector’s Classics COCD-25. *

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    Roger Wolfe Kahn And His Orchestra

    1932-11-09
    New York

    (152320-2). Columbia 2722-D.

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    Boswell Sisters

    1932-11-22
    New York

    (B-12639-A). Br 6442. CD NOCD 3009. CD HEP CD 1005 (The Dorsey Brothers). *

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    Jimmy Raschel And His Orchestra

    1932-11-28
    Richmond, Ind.

    (18911). Ch 16534.

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    Jack Hylton (GB)

    1933-11-18
    London, GB

    (GB-6351-2). Decca F. 3764.
    LP Ace of Clubs ACL 1205. Part of medley "Ellingtonia" q.v. *

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra

    1934

    Chrysler Show.
    LP Fanfare 5-105. *

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    Stephane Grapelly and his Hot Four (w. Django Reinhardt) (F)

    1935-10-21
    Paris, F

    (2083hpp). Dec F 5831. CD JSP 344. *

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    The Range Riders

    1937-03-01
    Hot Springs, Arkansas

    (HS 7-2). Vocalion 03548.

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    Joe Daniels And His Hot Shots (GB)

    1937-03-05
    London, GB

    (CE-8214-1). Par F-760.
    LP Harlequin HQ 3023. *

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    The Tune Ranglers, Red Brown voc

    1937-09-14
    San Antonio, Texas

    (014150-1). Bluebird B-8133.

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    Gerda & Ulrik Neuman with Leo Mathiesens Rytme (DK)

    1937-12-09
    Copenhagen, DK

    (OCS 784-2). HMV X 4976. Part of Medley (It Don’t ./ St. Louis Blues). *

    It Don’t Mean A Thing

    Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

    1939-04-03
    New York

    (035394-1). Vic 26254. CD Classics 634. *

    Jeep’s Blues
    (c: 1938, r: 1938-03-28)

    Al Cooper And His Savoy Sultans

    1938-08-19
    New York

    64468-A. Dec 7502. LP CL 728. LP Ace of Hearts AH 80. *

    Jeep’s Blues

    Light Crust Doughboys

    1938-11-30
    Dallas, Texas

    (DAL 646-1). Vocalion 04701. As "New Jeep’s Blues". Hot string dance band.

    Jig Walk
    (c: 1925, r: 1938-05-22)

    Sam Wooding’s Orchestra

    1925-07
    Berlin, D

    From show "Chocolate Kiddies". Played in the show by Sam Wooding’s Orchestra, and possibly recorded in Berlin 1925.07. ("Variety" no. 17, June 1925 (Franceschina p 14). Cfr. (Lawrence p.51).

    Jig Walk

    Bernard Etté’s Dance Orchestra (D)

    1925-08 (c.)
    Berlin, D

    (2434-A). Vox 01955. (12" record).

    Jig Walk

    Bernard Etté’s Dance Orchestra (D)

    1925-08 (c.)
    Berlin, D

    (2831-B). Vox 1958. (10" record).

    Jig Walk

    Ipana Troubadours (Sam Lanin dir.)

    1925-12-10
    New York

    (141374-). Col 528-D.

    Jig Walk

    Davis Saxophone Octet

    1926-02 or 03.
    New York

    (1855=C). Cameo 906 Lincoln 2496.

    Jig Walk

    Unknown piano player with percussion device attached

    1926-02/–03 ?
    New York

    (610). (Mills Nickelodeon Transription 607). CD Masters of Jazz MJCD 8 (Duke Ellington Vol. 1). The recording was at a time attributed to Duke Ellington. It is now generally agreed that it is not Duke. *

    Jig Walk

    Okeh Syncopators (Harry Raderman)

    1926-02-20 (c.)
    New York

    (74019-B). OK 40614.
    LP Merritt 04 and Up-To-Date 2004. *

    Jig Walk

    Ben Bernie and his Hotel Roosewelt orchestra

    1926-03-04
    New York

    (E-18196). Br 3126.

    Jig Walk

    Van’s Collegians (Peter Van Steeden)

    1926-03-05 (c.)
    New York

    (106690). PA 36422.
    On Pathé Actuelle11134 as Red Nichols And His Orchestra.

    Jig Walk

    Earl Oliver’s Jazz Babies

    1926-04-22
    New York

    (10891-C). Edison 51724.
    A Harry Reser band.

    Jig Walk

    Wenskat-Orchester (Reini Wenskat) (D)

    1926-06 (c.)
    Berlin, D

    (94 bk). Grammophon 20502. Polyphon (DK) XS 40819. LP Historia H-630/631. *

    Jig Walk

    Savoy Orphans (GB)

    1926-09-17
    London, GB

    (Bb-9217-1-2). HMV rejected.

    Jig Walk

    The Romaine Five (GB)

    1926-10
    London, GB

    (10356-1). Edison Bell Winner 4511. *

    Jig Walk

    Savoy Orphans (GB)

    1926-10-06
    London, GB

    (Bb-9217-4). HMV B-5136.
    LP Halcyon HDL 111. *

    Jig Walk

    Wiener & Doucet (Piano duo Jean Wiéner and Clément Doucet) (F & B)

    1926-10-25
    London (GB)

    ((WL287-1). Co D13018.

    Jig Walk

    The Devonshire Restaurant Dance Band (GB)

    1926-12-10
    Hayes, Middelsex, GB

    (Yy-9753-1). Zon 2855. *

    Jig Walk

    Comedy Harmonists (D)

    1928-10-05
    Berlin, D

    Uniss. Grammophon test record.

    Jig Walk

    The Ramblers Dance Orchestra (NL)

    1933-05-22
    London, GB

    (FGB5899-1). De unissued.

    Jig Walk

    The Ramblers Dance Orchestra (NL)

    1933-05-22
    London, GB

    (FGB5899-11D). De F40378. CD Mercury 565 817-2. *

    Jim Dandy
    (c: 1925, r: -)

    Hans Häuser ( = Hans Haass) (Piano roll)

    1925-06 (c.)

    Welte Pianon 5735.

    Jim Dandy

    Sam Wooding’s Orchestra

    1925-07
    Berlin, D

    From show "Chocolate Kiddies". See note under Jig Walk/Sam Wooding.

    Jim Dandy

    Sándor Józsi (= Dajos Béla) (H)

    1925-10-24

    (Be 4845-) Odeon 44647/646. Odeon 3281-. *

    Jubilee Stomp
    (c: 1928, r: 1929-01-19)

    Nisse Linds Hot-kvartett (S)

    1937-05-01
    Stockholm

    (3047-SC). Sonora 3269.
    CD Caprice CAP 22039. *

    Jubilesta
    (c: 1938, r: 1937-09-20)

    Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra

    1937-08-05
    New York

    (M-583-1). Recorded under the title "Emperor Jones". LP Jazz Archives JA-9. CD Galaxy MCPS 3891092. *

    La De Doody Do
    (c: 1938, r: 1938-06-20)

    Leith Stevens And His Saturday Night Swing Club Orchestra

    1938-06-25
    New York

    (23164-1). Voc 4210.

    La De Doody Do

    The Skyliners Under Direction Of Curly Mahr

    1938-07 (c.)

    (M-867). Vocalion V 4272.

    La De Doody Do

    Jan Savitt And His Top Hatters

    1938-07-22
    New York

    (024069-1). BB B-7737.

    La De Doody Do

    Milt Herth Trio

    1938-07-22
    New York

    (64341-A). Dec 1966.

    Lament For A Lost Love
    (c: 1937, r: 1937-04-29)

    Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra

    1939-06-26
    New York

    (037692-1). BB B-10341.
    CD KAZ 311. *

    Lightnin’
    (c: 1941, r: 1932-09-21)

    Madame Tussaud’s Dance Orchestra (GB)

    1933-09-19
    London, GB

    (EB-1059-2). EBW-5597.
    LP Retrieval FG-408. *

    Lost In Meditation
    (c: 1938, r: 1938-01-19)

    Sam Samsons Orkester (S)

    1939-02
    Stockholm, S

    (3011). Toni 683.
    CD Caprice CAP 22039. *

    Love Is A Wish For You
    (c: -, r: -)

    Sam Wooding’s Orchestra

    1925-07
    Berlin, D

    From show "Chocolate Kiddies". See note under Jig Walk/Sam Wooding.

    Love Is A Wish For You

    Bernard Etté’s Dance Orchestra (D)

    1925-08 (c.)
    Berlin, D

    (2441-A). Vox 01955. (12" record).

    Love Is A Wish For You

    Bernard Etté’s Dance Orchestra (D)

    1925-08 (c.)
    Berlin, D

    (2832-B). Vox 1971. (10" record).

    Love Is A Wish For You

    Mischa Spoliansky

    1925-08-28 Berlin, D

    (Be 4746-). Odeon 41312/311. Odeon 1466-.

    Love Is A Wish For You

    Eduardo Andreozzi’s South American Orchestra

    1926-03 (c.)
    Berlin, D

    (2202-at) Gramophon 20343.

    Merry-Go-Round
    (c: 1935, r: 1933-02-15)

    Mills Blue Rhythm Band

    1936-08-11
    New York

    (CO-19685-1). Col 3147-D.
    LP Jazz Archives JA-10. *

    Mooche, The
    (c: 1929, r: 1928-10-01)

    Spike Hughes And His Dance Orchestra (GB)

    1930-04-02
    London, GB

    (MB-1151-3). De F-1787. CD Kings Cross Music KCM001. Issued under the title "The Mouchi" with composer’s credit to Fysh &Slim. *

    Mood Indigo
    (c: 1931, c: 1930-10-14)

    Gene Austin

    1931 c.
    New York

    Victor 22891.

    Mood Indigo

    Cab Calloway And His Orchestra

    1931-03-09
    New York

    (10482-2). Ban 32152.
    CD Classics 516. *

    Mood Indigo

    Lee Morse and Her Bluegrass Boys

    1931-04-04
    New York

    Columbia 2530D
    (Red Hot Jazz Archives)

    Mood Indigo

    Henry Lange And His Orchestra

    1931-08-18
    Richmond, Indiana.

    (17944). CH 16332.
    LP Harrison Records Vol.B, HR VII. *

    Mood Indigo

    The Three Keys

    1932-08-18
    New York

    (152270-1-2). Col rejected.

    Mood Indigo

    The Three Keys

    1932-08-29
    New York

    (152270-3). Col 2706-D.
    CD Classics 1141. *

    Mood Indigo

    Boswell Sisters

    1933-01-09
    New York

    (Mx B-12860-A). Brunswick 6470
    CD FA 041. CD NOCD 3009. *

    Mood Indigo

    Boswell Sisters

    1933-01-09
    New York

    (Mx B-12860-B).
    LP Biograph BLP-C-3. CD NOCD 3022.*

    Mood Indigo

    Billy Cotton And His Band (GB)

    1933-06-24
    London, GB

    (CAR-2068). RZ MR-996. *

    Mood Indigo

    Madame Tussaud’s Dance Orchestra (GB)

    1933-07-25
    London, GB

    (EB 1032-1D). Edison Bell Winner 5578. LP Retrieval FG-408. *

    Mood Indigo

    Jack Hylton And His Orchestra (GB)

    1933-11-18
    London, GB

    (GB-6351-2). Decca F. 3764. Part of medley "Ellingtonia" q.v.
    LP Ace of Clubs ACL 1205. *

    Mood Indigo

    Garland Wilson (piano solo)

    1933-12 (c.)
    Paris, F

    (5747bdp). Br A-500356. LP Collectors Items 016. CD CL 808. *

    Mood Indigo

    Harry Roy And His Orchestra (GB)

    1934 –1935
    London, GB

    (BB 563). Par R 1584. LP EMI GX 2508. *

    Mood Indigo

    Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra

    1934-09-04
    New York

    (38532-A). Dec BM-1109. *

    Mood Indigo

    Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra

    1934-09-04
    New York

    (38532-B). Dec 131.
    CD GRP-6082. *

    Mood Indigo

    Hal Kemp And His Orchestra

    1934-12-14
    New York

    LP Circle CLP 25.

    Mood Indigo

    Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

    1935-06-06
    New York

    (92211-1). NBC Thesaurus 165. Part of Medley Sophisticated Lady/ Mood Indigo. LP Sunbeam 101, CD Buddha.

    Mood Indigo

    Mike Riley, Eddie Farley And Their Onyx Club Boys with Ella Logan

    1935-10-20
    New York

    LP Alamac OSR 2432. *

    Mood Indigo

    Joe Paradise And His Music (GB)

    1936-07-16
    London, GB

    (CE-7736-1). Par F-533.
    On Grand 708 as Hollywood Serenaders. *

    Mood Indigo

    Clyde McCoy And His Orchestra

    1937-01-05
    New York

    (61505-). Dec 1152. *

    Mood Indigo

    Paul Robeson

    1937-10-18
    London, GB

    (OEA 5817-1). HMV B 8664.
    LP HMV DLP 1155. *

    Mood Indigo

    Jan Savitt & His Top Hatters

    1938

    Broadcast, said to be issued on CD.

    Mood Indigo

    Nat Gonella And His Georgians (GB)

    1938-04-13
    London, GB

    (CE-9082-1). Par F-1205. *

    Mood Indigo

    Rice Brothers’ Gang

    1938-06-13
    Charlotte, NC

    (64155-A). Decca 5569.

    Mood Indigo

    Børge Roger Henriksens orkester (DK)

    1939
    Copenhagen, DK

    (P 4 K). Tono unissued. *

    Mood Indigo

    Sam Samsons Orkester (S)

    1939-02
    Stockholm, S

    (3010). Toni 683.
    CD Caprice CAP 22039. *

    Mood Indigo

    Gorni Kramer e i suoi solisti (I)

    1939-03-23
    Milano, I

    (73147). Issued under the title: "Animo Sereno".
    CD Riviera RJR CD 002. *

    Mood Indigo

    Joe Daniels And His Hot Shots (GB)

    1939-05-09
    London, GB

    (CE-9783-1). Par F-1468.
    LP Historia H-654. *

    Mood Indigo

    Sidney Bechet And His New Orleans Feetwarmers

    1939-12-30
    Fonda, New York

    Private recording made by John D. Reid. LP Vogue Nec Plus Ultra 502001. CD MM 30332. *

    Mystery Song, The
    (c: 1932, r: 1930-08)

    Cab Calloway And His Orchestra (?)

    1931-04-20/21

    Bear CD 16340. Accomp. to dancer Eddie Rector, poss. by Cab Calloway’s pianist Earres Prince

    Old Man Blues
    (c: 1930, r: 1930-08)

    Red Perkins And His Dixie Ramblers

    1931-05-06
    Richmond, Ind.

    (17729-A). Ch 16439.

    Old Man Blues

    Washboard Rhythm Kings

    1933-08-19
    New York

    (13845-1). Ban 32978.
    LP Historical HLP 5829-24. *

    Old Man Blues

    Madame Tussaud’s Dance Orchestra (GB)

    1933-11-17
    London, GB

    (EB 1089-11D). Disclair K1769.
    LP Retrieval FG-408. *

    Parlor Social De Luxe
    (c: -, r: 1924-11)

    Sippie Wallace acc. By Perry Bradford’s Jazz Phools

    1925-08-19
    New York

    (73555-A). OK 8232.
    CD DOCD-5399.*

    Parlor Social Stomp
    (c: -, r: 1926-03)

    The Red Devils

    1930-05-16
    New York

    (9742). Banner - Rejected.

    Prelude To A Kiss
    (c: 1938, r: 1938-08-09)

    Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra

    1938-11-05
    New York

    (NS-028917-1). Thesaurus 605. LP Alamac OSR 2436. LP FTR-1504. *

    Prelude To A Kiss

    Richard Himber And His Essex House Orchestra

    1938-11-10
    New York

    (028940-1). Vic 26106.

    Rhapsody Junior
    (c: 1935, r: -)

    Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra

    1935-05-29
    New York

    (39553-A). Dec 639.
    CD GRP 6082. *

    Ring Dem Bells
    (c: 1930, r: 1930-08-20)

    Duo Pianistico Bormilino – Semprini. (I)

    1933 (c.)
    Milano, I

    (HP…) Brunswick M 1490. Rec. under title: "Oh, Peter, Go Ring Dem Bells". Not verified that it is the Ellington comp.

    Ring Dem Bells

    Joseph Robechaux And His new Orleans Rhythm Boys

    1933-08-22
    New York

    (13851-2). Voc 2575. *

    Ring Dem Bells

    Claude Bampton And His Bandits (GB)

    1935-04-11
    London, GB

    (GB-7068; EXP-77) Dec F-5515.

    Ring Dem Bells

    Dick Roy And His Band (GB)

    1936-06 (c.)
    London, GB

    (5816). Emp E-187. Probably a pseudonym for Tommy Kinsman And His Band, or it may be a made-up name for a group of musicians.

    Ring Dem Bells

    Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

    1938-01-18
    New York

    (018337-1). Vic 26017.
    CD Classics 524. *

    Ring Dem Bells

    Jan Savitt & His Top Hatters

    1939

    Broadcast.
    LP First Time Records FTR-1505. *

    Rockin’ In Rhythm
    (c: 1931, r: 1930-11-08)

    Henry Mortons Orkester (S)

    193?
    Stockholm, S

    Acetate. Unissued.

    Rockin’ In Rhythm

    Madame Tussaud’s Dance Orchestra (GB)

    1933-06-22
    London, GB

    (EB 18-1D). Sondor P248.
    LP Retrieval FG-408. *

    Rockin’ In Rhythm

    TOGO-orkestern (S)

    1934-03-10
    Stockholm, S

    Private recording from rehersal for radio-program. CD Caprice CAP 22038. *

    Rockin’ In Rhythm

    Red Nichols And His World- Famous Pennies

    1934-06-18
    New York

    (80638-1) BB B-5547.
    HMV J.F. 25. *

    Rockin’ In Rhythm

    Milt Herth Trio

    1938-09-13
    New York

    (64647-A). Dec 2046.

    Scattin’ At The Kit Kat
    (c: 1937, r: 1936-12-21)

    Frank Dailey And His Orchestra

    1937-05-10
    New York

    (M-457-1). Vri 575.

    Scattin’ At The Kit Kat

    Willie Farmer And His Orchestra

    1937-06-11
    New York

    (010642-1). BB B-7026.

    Showboat Shuffle
    (c: 1935, r: 1935-04-30)

    Aage Juhl Thomsens Orkester
    (DK)

    1936-04
    Berlin (D)

    (Ora 1245). Elec EG 3652. CD EMI 7489732. *

    Showboat Shuffle

    Mills Blue Rhythm Band

    1936-10-15
    New York

    (CO-20076-2). Col 3157-D. LP TOM 57.

    Showboat Shuffle

    Gene Dersin et son orchestre (B)

    1936-11
    Brussels (B)

    (SB 15172). Re F25111.

    Showboat Shuffle

    Roy Fox And His Orchestra (GB)

    1938-02/05
    London (GB)

    LP Halcyon Hal 7. *

    Showboat Shuffle

    Lackawanna Blue Birds Orchestra (B)

    1939-04 (c.)
    Brussels (B)

    Acetate (Studio du Disque No. 1562).

    Skeedely-Um-Bum
    (c: -, r: -)

    Sam Wooding’s Orchestra

    1925-07
    Berlin, D

    From show "Chocolate Kiddies". See note under Jig Walk/Sam Wooding.

    Skrontch
    (c: 1938, c: 1938-02-24)

    Cab Calloway And His Orchestra

    1938-03-23
    New York

    (M-788-1). Voc 4045.
    CD Classics 576. *

    Skrontch

    Willie Farmer And His Orchestra

    1938-03-31
    New York

    (021854-1). BB B-7419.

    Skrontch

    Fats Waller

    1938-04-12
    New York

    (022432-1). Vic 25834.
    CD RCA 74321264162. *

    Skrontch

    Nat Gonella And His Georgians (GB)

    1938-07-16
    London, GB

    (CE-9246-1). Par F-1180.
    LP WRC SM 369. *

    Slippery Horn
    (c: 1933, r: 1932-05-18)

    Midnight Stompers

    1937-03-13 ?

    ?

    Solitude
    (c: 1934, r: 1934-01-10)

    Crescendo (Orch.) (S)

    193?

    Acetate. Unissued.

    Solitude

    Richard Tauber

    1934 - 1936

    British Parlophone-Odeon 25 cm LP Elect. ’34 – ’36. CE 10531

    Solitude

    Tito Petralia – L’Orchestra Cetra (I)

    1934-04-20/24
    Torino, I

    (150640). Parlophon GP 91570. Rec. under the title "Solitudine".

    Solitude

    Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

    1934-09-11
    New York

    (15883-1). Ban 33192.
    On some labels as The Modernists, Benny Goodman’s Modernists or Benny Goodman and his Modernists Harlem Hot Shots). *

    Solitude

    Five Lucky Strikes

    1934-10-06
    New York

    (16116-). ARC rejected.

    Solitude

    Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra

    1934-11-07
    New York

    (38969-A). Dec 299.
    CD GRP 6082. *

    Solitude

    Mills Blue Rhythm Band

    1934-12-05
    New York

    (CO-16272-1). Col 2994-D.
    LP Gaps 170.

    Solitude

    Lew Stone And His Band (GB)

    1934-12-28
    London, GB

    (CAR-3143-1). RZ MR 1561.
    LP World Records SH 177/178. *

    Solitude

    Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra

    1935-01-11
    New York

    (39243-A). Dec 15013.
    LP Decca LAT 8037. *

    Solitude

    Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra

    1935-01-17
    New York

    World Transcriptions.
    LP Design DLP 20. LP Circle CLP-20.
    (Rec. under the pseudonym The Daly Brothers’ Orchestra). Arr. Bernie Mayer. *

    Solitude

    Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

    1935-03-09
    New York

    NBC bc "Let’s Dance".
    LP Sunbeam SB 100. *

    Solitude

    Fats Waller with Rudy Powell

    1935-03-11
    New York

    Transcriptions made for Muzak-Associated. LP HMV CLP-1035.
    CD Jazz Unlimited 203 2076. *

    Solitude

    Ray Noble And His American Dance Orchestra

    1935-04-17

    LP Jazz Archives JA-22. *

    Solitude

    Jack Hylton And His Orchestra (GB)

    1935-04-26
    London, GB

    (OEA-1856-2). HMV BD-5035.

    Solitude

    Louis Prima And His New Orleans Gang

    1935-07-02
    New York

    (B-17765-1). Br 7531.
    LP Swingfan 1015. CD CL 1077. *

    Solitude

    Larry Adler acc. by small orch.

    1935-09-06
    London, GB

    (CA-15217-1). RZ MR-1883. *

    Solitude

    Nat Gonella And His Georgians (GB)

    1935-09-11
    London, GB

    (CE-7118-1). Par F-228. *

    Solitude

    Joe Paradise And His Music (GB)

    1935-09-24
    London, GB

    (CE 7166-1). Par F-288.

    Solitude

    Lew Stone And His Band (GB)

    1935-11-21
    London, GB

    Dec K 808. Part of medley "Broadcast Favorites pt.2".
    LP Decca DDV 5005/5006.

    Solitude

    Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra

    1935-12-19
    New York

    (60251-A). Dec 666.
    CD Ambassador CLA 1901.*

    Solitude

    Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra

    1935-12-19
    New York

    (60251-B). Dec 666.
    CD Ambassador CLA 1901.*

    Solitude

    Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra

    1935-12-19
    New York

    (60251-C). Dec test pressing.
    LP Merritt 8, LP Franklin Mint 2.
    CD Ambassador CLA 1901.*

    Solitude

    Adelaide Hall

    1936
    New York

    Bc. on short wave from The Cotton Club, NY, to Germany. Adelaide Hall is singing a medley acc. by pianist Joe Turner. (Truckin’ / Solitude / I Can’t Give You Anything But Love / I Must Have That Man / Baby / Truckin’ (reprise). Bear CD 16340.

    Solitude

    Adelaide Hall

    1936-01-20
    Paris, F

    (P-77618). U1 AP-1575.
    CD Jazz Archives 60.

    Solitude

    Comedy Harmonists

    1936-02-25

    2CD The Comedy Harmonists – Complete Recordings (Andreas Wellen)

    Solitude

    Bob Howard, piano solo w. dm acc.

    1936-06-04
    London, GB

    (TB-2214-1). Br 02239.
    Part of medley "Swing It, Bob pt. 3" (Solitude/ Nobody’s Sweetheart/ St. Louis Blues). CD Classics 1121. *

    Solitude

    Mills Brothers

    1936-09-10
    London, GB

    (TB 2443-1).
    CD JSP 304. *

    Solitude

    Mills Brothers

    1937 (?)

    From film (with Mills Brothers singing Nagasaki and Solitude). *

    Solitude

    Ray Burke with George Hartman’s Band

    1937 (c.)
    New Orleans

    New Orleans.
    CD American Music AMCD-47. *

    Solitude

    Tanz-Sinfonie Orchester, dir. Peter Kreuder (D)

    1937-03-03
    Berlin, D

    (21827-1). Telefunken 2168.

    Solitude

    Quintette du Hot Club de France (Django Reinhardt) (F)

    1937-04-21
    Paris, F

    (OLA –1706-1). HMV B-8669.
    CD Past Perfect 204281-202. *

    Solitude

    Paul Robeson

    1937-10-18
    London, GB

    (OEA 5816-1). MV B 8664.
    LP HMV DLP 1155. *

    Solitude

    Albert Espagne (org) with Santi Valenti (vi) and Barbara Stuart (vo) (B)

    1937-11
    Brussels (B)

    (SB 15504). Re F25268. Part of medley (Sweet Music I Potpourri (Introduction / Solitude)).

    Solitude

    Ewert Van Stockum (prob. D)

    1937-11-02
    Berlin, D

    (40285-). RRG 40285. (Single-sided disc for radio use).

    Solitude

    Sven Jahnte (piano). (S)

    1937-12-11
    Stockholm, S

    (4196). Son 3521.

    Solitude

    Nat Gonella And His Georgians (GB)

    1938/1939
    London, GB

    Acetate.
    LP Joy Records D 284.

    Solitude

    Joe Daniels And His Hot Shots (GB)

    1938-12-14
    London, GB

    (CE 9498-1). Par F-1342.

    Solitude

    Alice Babs (S)

    1939 c.
    Stockholm, S

    Acetate. Unissued.
    2 acetates with A.B. singing Solitude were recorded c. 1939.

    Solitude

    Sam Samson (S)

    1939-02-?
    Stockholm, S

    (3012). Toni 684.

    Solitude

    Adelaide Hall

    1939-05-15
    London, GB

    (DR 3581-1). Decca F-7083.

    Solitude

    Adrian Rollini Quintet

    1939-09-28
    Hollywood

    (WM-1085-A). Voc/OK 5376. Part of medley: Star Dust/ Solitude.

    Sophisticated Lady
    (c: 1933, r: 1933-02-15)

    Don Redman And His Orchestra

    1933.04.26
    New York

    (B-13284-A). Brunswick 6560.
    CD Classics 553. *

    Sophisticated Lady

    Art Tatum – piano solo

    1933-03-21
    New York

    (B-13165-A). Br 6553.
    CD Past Perfect 205461-202. *

    Sophisticated Lady

    Washboard Rhythm Kings

    1933-06-01
    Camden, N.J

    (76241-1). BB B-5089. (May be the same recording as 76249-1).
    (As Georgia Washboard Stompers)

    Sophisticated Lady

    Washboard Rhythm Kings

    1933-06-01
    Camden, N.J

    (76249-1). Vic 23405. (May be the same recording as 76241-1).
    CD Collector’s Classics COCD-26. *

    Sophisticated Lady

    Glenn Gray And The Casa Loma Orchestra

    1933-06-05
    New York

    (76382-1). Vic 24338.
    LP Camden 811. *

    Sophisticated Lady

    Billy Cotton And His Band (GB)

    1933-08-22
    London, GB

    (CAR-2144-1). RZ MR-1035.

    Sophisticated Lady

    Richard Himber And His Essex House Orchestra

    1933-09-05
    New York

    (13944-). Voc 2537.
    (As Dick Himber…).

    Sophisticated Lady

    Boswell Sisters

    1933-09-11
    New York

    (B-13990-A). Br 6650.
    LP Biograph BLP-C-3. CD NOCD 3022. *

    Sophisticated Lady

    Hotcha Trio (Dave Rose)

    1933-09-28
    Chicago

    (77035-1). BB rejected.

    Sophisticated Lady

    Madame Tussaud’s Dance Orchestra (GB)

    1933-10-12
    London, GB

    (EB 1074-11D). Edison Bell Winner 5609. LP Retrieval FG-408. *

    Sophisticated Lady

    Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra

    1934-09-04
    New York

    (38531-A). Dec 129.
    CD GRP 6082. *

    Sophisticated Lady

    Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

    1935-06-06
    New York

    (92211-1). NBC Thesaurus 165. Part of Medley Sophisticated Lady/ Mood Indigo. LP Sunbeam 101, CD Buddha.

    Sophisticated Lady

    Larry Adler acc. by small orch.

    1935-09-06
    London, GB

    (CA-15218-1). RZ MR-1842. *

    Sophisticated Lady

    Nat Gonella And His Georgians (GB)

    1935-10-29
    London, GB

    (CE-7215-1). Par F-319.
    CD CHD 129.

    Stevedore Stomp
    (c: 1929, r: 1929-03-07)

    Madame Tussaud’s Dance Orchestra (GB)

    1933-08-08
    London, GB

    (EB 1047-1D). Test.
    LP Retrieval FG-408. *

    Sump’n’ ’Bout Rhythm
    (c: 1935, r: 1934-09-12)

    Tommy "Red" Tompkins And His Orchestra

    1936-06-24
    New York

    (19473-1). Voc 3293.
    As Sumpin’ About Rhythm.

    What A Life
    (c: 1929, r: 1928-06-25)

    Frankie And Johnny Orchestra

    1936-06-19 Charlotte, N.C.

    (102693-1). Rejected.

    With You
    (c. 1925, r: -)

    Sam Wooding’s Orchestra

    1925-07
    Berlin, D

    From show "Chocolate Kiddies". See note under Jig Walk/Sam Wooding.

    Yearning For Love
    (c: 1936, r: 1936-07-17)

    Larry Lee And His Orchestra with vocal refrain

    1936-12
    Hollywood

    (L 0362). Variety VA 551.

     

  4. Played but not recorded 1924 – 1939.

Duke Ellington material was played by bands in the 1920s and 1930s without being recorded by these bands. Many of Duke Ellington’s compositions were issued in sheet music, so they were accessible. Especially the wellknown and popular ones such as Jig Walk, Black And Tan Fantasy, Mood Indigo, Solitude etc. were probably quite often played at dances and other occasions.

As an example see John Chilton’s book "Roy Eldridge – Little Jazz Giant" p. 22: "As part of the promotion, Roy built up a new speciality by using a tin-can as a mute on his performances of Duke Ellington’s recent success East St. Louis Toodle-Oo…".

I have not tried to find more such evidences.

The following about Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra is documented on http://www.williams.edu/library/archives/pwc/ellington.html. (Paul Whiteman Collection (PWC).

Title

Orchestra

Year

Comments

Documentation

Black And Tan Fantasy

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: Livingston

PWC # 0179, score & parts

Blue Bells Of Harlem

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

1938

Arranger: VanEps.
The piece, commissioned by P.W. to Duke Ellington, was played by Paul Whiteman And His Orch. at P.W.’s Christmas Concert at Carnegie Hall, New York, Dec. 25th 1938 (listed above).

PWC # 0193, parts only

Caravan

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: Bargy

PWC # 0302-1, score and parts

Caravan

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: VanCleave

PWC # 0302-2, score and parts

Echoes Of Harlem

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: Mundy

PWC # 0586, score only

I Got It Bad

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger:?

PWC #0990, parts only

I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: Leeman

PWC # 1005-1, score and parts

I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: VanCleave

PWC # 1005-2, score and parts

In A Sentimental Mood

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: VanEps

PWC # 1154, score and parts

It Don’t Mean A Thing

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: Jackson

PWC # 1208, parts only

Mood Indigo

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: Huxley

PWC # 1672, score and parts

Medley

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: Mooney

PWC # 3226, score and parts

Pyramid

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger:?

PWC # 2033, parts only

Solitude

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: Hopkins

PWC # 2296, score and parts

Sophisticated Lady

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: Huxley

PWC # 2338-1, score and parts

Sophisticated Lady

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: VanEps

PWC # 2338-2, score and parts

Sophisticated Lady

Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

?

Arranger: Deutsch

PWC # 2338-3, parts only

Litterature:

  1. Johs. Bergh: Diskografi over norske jazzplader, Oslo Sep. 1974 ( Printed in: Olav Angell/ Jan Erik Vold/ Einar Økland: Jazz I Norge (Gyldendal Norsk Forlag 1975)
  2. Barney Bigard - ed. Barry Martyn: With Louis and the Duke. (Oxford University Press, New York 1985)
  3. W. Bruyninckx: Swing Discography (Belgium)
  4. John Chilton: Roy Eldridge – Little Jazz Giant. (Continuum London – New York 2002)
  5. Duke Ellington: Music Is My Mistress. (Doubleday & Company, Inc. Garden City, New York 1973)
  6. John Franceschina: Duke Ellington’s Music for the Theatre. (McFarland & Company Inc. Jefferson, North Carolina and London 2001)
  7. A. H. Lawrence: Duke Ellington and his World.(Routledge, New York – London 2001)
  8. Luciano Massagli – Giovanni M. Volonté: The New DESOR (Milano 1999)
  9. Adriano Mazzoletti & Marco Pacci: Discografia – Il Jazz in Italia (2004)
  10. Robert Pernet: Belgian Jazz Discography (1897 – 1999). (Ed. Robert Pernet, Bruxelles 1999)
  11. Ken Rattenbury: Duke Ellington – Jazz Composer (Yale University Press – London and New Haven 1990)
  12. Brian Rust: Jazz Records 1897 – 1942. 5th Ed. (Storyville Publications and Co. Essex, UK)
  13. Brian Rust: The American Dance Band Discography 1917-1942 (Arlington House – Publishers. New Rochelle, New York 1975).
  14. Hilton R. Schleman: Rhythm On Record (Melody Maker Ltd., London 1936)
  15. Klaus Stratemann: Duke Ellington – Day By Day And Film By Film (Jazzmedia, Copenhagen, Denmark 1992)
  16. Svensk Visarkiv, Jazzafdelingen v. Göran Eriksson: A Swedish Jazz Discography (1899 – 1999). (Stockholm 2003)
  17. Edward Towler: British Dance Bands 1920 – 1949 on 12-inch Long-playing Records (Gramophone, London 1985)
  18. Mark Tucker: The Early Years. (University of Illinois Press , Urbana and Chicago 1991)
  19. Mark Tucker Ed.: The Duke Ellington Reader (Oxford University Press, New York – Oxford 1993)
  20. Paul Whiteman Collection - (http://www.williams.edu/library/archives/pwc/ellington.html.)
  21. Erik Wiedemann: "Jazz i Danmark – i tyverne, trediverne og fyrrerne" (Gyldendal 1982)
  22. L’Album "Hot" 20 succés pour piano de Duke Ellington (Editions Salabert, Paris)
  23. Supplément à L’Album "Hot", 10 autres succés de Duke Ellington (Editions Salabert, Paris)
  24. New Album "Hot", 20 nouveaux succés de Duke Ellington (Editions Salabert, Paris)
  25. Quatrième Album "Hot", 20 sensationelles nouveautés de Duke Ellington (Editions Salabert, Paris).