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Latest update on 26/04/2010

Artist: Duke Ellington & His Kentucky Club Orch.
Author: Duke Ellington/Bubber Miley
Label: Vocalion
Year: 1926

His houseband at the Kentucky Club in New York, featuring coauthor Bubber Miley on trumpet. Re-recordings the year after for Brunswick, Columbia and Victor. His theme song in the twenties and thirties. Predates his Cotton Club years. The original shows some archaic ragtime accents, similar to the theme of Scott Joplin's Heliotrope Bouquet. That theme vanished when Ellington recut it in '37 with Cootie Williams replacing Bubber Miley.

Covers:

1974:

Steely Dan [their only instrumental]

1984:

John Barry [in film The Cotton Club]

This Ellington piece is mentioned in William S. Burroughs' The Naked Lunch, the book where Steely Dan found its name.

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