Darktown Strutters' Ball

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"Darktown Strutters' Ball"
The Darktown Strutters' Ball cover.jpg
Written by Shelton Brooks
Published 1917
Form Jazz standard

"Darktown Strutters' Ball" is a popular song by Shelton Brooks, published in 1917. The song has been recorded many times and is considered a popular and jazz standard.

The landmark 1917 recording by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band which was recorded on May 30, 1917 and released by Columbia Records as catalog number A-2297[1] was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006. There are many variations of the title, including "At the Darktown Strutters' Ball", "The Darktown Strutters' Ball", and just "Strutters' Ball".

Recorded versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Tom and Jerry cartoon, "Saturday Evening Puss" - Background music as Mammy Two Shoes gets ready for an evening out
  • Mary Tyler Moore Show, as the answer to a 'knock-knock' joke: Knock-knock / Who's there? / Anna Maria Alberghetti / Anna Maria Alberghetti Who? / (sung) "Anna Maria Alberghetti in a taxi, Honey..." (similar to the first line of the song).
  • Robert Redford is singing it as he gets ill by the piano in the movie "The Natural."
  • Kristin Scott Thomas sings a portion of it to Ralph Fiennes as they are driving through the desert in "The English Patient."
  • Abe Simpson sings it while getting ready for his date with Beatrice in the Old Money episode of The Simpsons.
  • The opening lines of the song are quoted on the rear cover of The Band's eponymous 1969 album.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone (April 30, 2012). "Columbia A Series numerical listing discography: A2000 - A2499 (1916 - 1917)". The Online Discographical Project. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone Pathe Records in the 20001 to 20499 series Online Discographical Project
  3. ^ MGM Records in the 11500 to 11999 series
  4. ^ OKeh Records in the 8001 to 8499 series
  5. ^ Castle Records in the 1 to 15 series
  6. ^ Bell Records in the 1003 to 1132 series
  7. ^ Columbia Records in the A-2000 to A-2499 series
  8. ^ Coral Records in the 60000 to 60499 series
  9. ^ Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone Signature Records in the series Online Discographical Project
  10. ^ a b Vocalion Records in the 3500 to 3999 series
  11. ^ Conqueror Records in the 8501 to 8999 series
  12. ^ Capitol Records in the 1500 to 1999 series
  13. ^ Tennessee Records discography
  14. ^ US Decca Records in the 29000 to 29499 series
  15. ^ US Decca Records in the 23500 to 23999 series
  16. ^ Silvertone Records in the 5004 to 5146 series
  17. ^ Federal Records in the 5001 to 5414 series
  18. ^ Lord, Tom (1997). The Jazz Discography Vol. 18. Redwood, New York: Cadence Jazz Books. p. 660. ISBN 1-881993-17-5. 
  19. ^ MGM Records in the 30000 to 30499 series
  20. ^ Columbia Records in the 15000D to 15782D series
  21. ^ US Decca Records in the 28000 to 28499 series
  22. ^ Bluebird Records in the 10500 to 10999 series
  23. ^ Manor Records discography
  24. ^ http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/search.php?queryType=@attr 1=1016&query=society+orchestra&num=1&start=17&sortBy=&sortOrder=ia