Duke Ellington
& His Orchestra

The Recordings

Hyde Park

Group: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Label: Decca Matrix Number: Decca (323)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: August 15, 1933
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Ain't Misbehavin'

Group: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Label: Decca Matrix Number: Decca (323)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: August 15, 1933
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Birmingham Breakdown

 record label Group: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Label: Brunswick Matrix Number: Brunswick (80000)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: February 28, 1927
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Personnel: Bubber Miley and Lous Metcalf on trumpet; Tricky Sam Nanton on trombone; Otto Hardwick, Rudy Jackson, Harry Carney, reeds; Duke Ellington on piano; Freddy Guy on banjo; Wellman Braud on bass and Sonny Greer on drums.

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The Sidewalks of New York

 record label Group: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Label: RCA Victor Matrix Number: RCA Victor (27380)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: February 15, 1941
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“Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra” on the label.

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Take the A Train

Take the A Train on Victor record label Group: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Label: RCA Victor Matrix Number: RCA Victor (27380)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: February 15, 1941
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“Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra” on the label. This is an early instrumental version of this hugely popular and widely covered song, which Billy Strayhorn composed in 1939. He was inspired by Ellington’s directions to his (Ellington’s) house, which began, “Take the A train…” and referred to the “A” train in New York City’s subway system.

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East St. Louis Toodle-Oo

 record label Group: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Label: Brunswick Matrix Number: Brunswick (80000)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: March 14, 1927
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Don’t miss this one! It has an outstanding growling plunger-muted trumpet part played by co-composer (with Ellington) Bubber Miley and an authentic 1920s air. Steely Dan covered this song in 1974 on their LP “Pretzel Logic.”

Personnel: Bubber Miley and Lous Metcalf on trumpet; Tricky Sam Nanton on trombone; Otto Hardwick, Rudy Jackson, Harry Carney, reeds; Duke Ellington on piano; Freddy Guy on banjo; Wellman Braud on bass and Sonny Greer on drums.

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2 thoughts on “Duke Ellington & His Orchestra”

  1. terry perkins says:

    i have east st. louis toodle-oo

    1. Thomas says:

      Thanks Terry! It’s a great piece!
      –Thomas

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