Darktown Strutters' Ball

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"Darktown Strutters' Ball"
The Darktown Strutters' Ball cover.jpg
Single by Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Released 1917
Format 10-inch 78 rpm record
Recorded May 30, 1917
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Shelton Brooks

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. There are many variations of the title, including "At the Darktown Strutters' Ball", "The Darktown Strutters' Ball", and just "Strutters' Ball".

History[edit]

Soon after its 1917 publication, Darktown Strutters' Ball, the song was included by Sophie Tucker in her Vaudeville routine.[1] The song was recorded on May 9 that year by the Six Brown Brothers.[2][3] The best-known 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.

More than three million copies of the sheet music were sold.[4]

Recorded versions[edit]

In addition to the above (and including), here are more recorded versions of the song: Al Jolson 1917, Ted Lewis 1927, Chick Webb 1934, The Boswell Sisters 1934, Louis Prima 1935, Hoosier Hotshots 1935, Ted Heath 1935, Bob Wills 1936, Ella Fitzgerald 1936, Phil Harris 1937, Jimmy Dorsey 1938, Russ Morgan 1939, Fats Waller 1939, Paul Whiteman 1939, Benny Goodman 1942, Betty Grable 1945 (in “the Dolly Sisters”), Merle Travis (UNK issued 1995), Chet Atkins & Hank Snow 1947, Hoagy Carmichael 1950, “Tom and Jerry” 1950 (in a cartoon), Ray Anthony 1950, Django Reinhardt 1950, Pee Wee Hunt 1951, Guy Lombardo 1952/1955, Dean Martin 1953, Bing Crosby 1953 (in French and English in “Little Boy Lost”), Les Paul 1953, Larry Clinton 1954, Dukes of Dixieland 1956, The Platters 1957, Fats Domino 1958, Julie London 1959, Al Hirt 1959, Lawrence Welk 1962, Background singers in Japanese on 1st episode of “M*A*S*H*” 1971, Pete Fountain 1972, Robert Redford 1984 (in “The Natural”), Pete Seeger 1990, Ricky Skaggs 1997 .

The Beatles performed "Darktown Strutters' Ball" in their early Liverpool and Hamburg performances, though no recording has ever surfaced.

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Don Tyler (2 April 2007). Hit Songs, 1900-1955: American Popular Music of the Pre-Rock Era. McFarland. pp. 96–. ISBN 978-0-7864-2946-2. 
  2. ^ Bruce Vermazen (5 March 2004). That Moaning Saxophone : The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze: The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 219–. ISBN 978-0-19-534732-6. 
  3. ^ Elaine Keillor (18 March 2008). Music in Canada: Capturing Landscape and Diversity. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. pp. 215–. ISBN 978-0-7735-3391-2. 
  4. ^ "The Darktown Strutters’ Ball". The Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame website. accessed 2017-06-19
  5. ^ Philip Lambert (1 March 2013). Alec Wilder. University of Illinois Press. pp. 2–. ISBN 978-0-252-09484-2. 
  6. ^ a b Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone, Pathe Records in the 20001 to 20499 series Online Discographical Project
  7. ^ MGM Records in the 11500 to 11999 series
  8. ^ OKeh Records in the 8001 to 8499 series
  9. ^ Castle Records in the 1 to 15 series
  10. ^ Bell Records in the 1003 to 1132 series
  11. ^ Columbia Records in the A-2000 to A-2499 series
  12. ^ Coral Records in the 60000 to 60499 series
  13. ^ Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone, Signature Records in the series Online Discographical Project
  14. ^ a b Vocalion Records in the 3500 to 3999 series
  15. ^ Conqueror Records in the 8501 to 8999 series
  16. ^ Capitol Records in the 1500 to 1999 series
  17. ^ Tennessee Records discography
  18. ^ US Decca Records in the 29000 to 29499 series
  19. ^ US Decca Records in the 23500 to 23999 series
  20. ^ Silvertone Records in the 5004 to 5146 series
  21. ^ Federal Records in the 5001 to 5414 series
  22. ^ Lord, Tom (1997). The Jazz Discography Vol. 18. Redwood, New York: Cadence Jazz Books. p. 660. ISBN 1-881993-17-5. 
  23. ^ MGM Records in the 30000 to 30499 series
  24. ^ Columbia Records in the 15000D to 15782D series
  25. ^ US Decca Records in the 28000 to 28499 series
  26. ^ Bluebird Records in the 10500 to 10999 series
  27. ^ Manor Records discography
  28. ^ https://rateyourmusic.com/list/jwjstone/australian_top_100_singles___03_may_1976/
  29. ^ Ray Anthony, "Count Every Star" single release Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  30. ^ http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/search.php?queryType=@attr1=1016&query=society+orchestra&num=1&start=17&sortBy=&sortOrder=ia