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Chocolate Dandies

The Chocolate Dandies - orchestra/ensemble

It was a sort of rag tag outfit at first. But, in the 30's, leaders such as Don Redman and Benny Carter drilled them to a professional standard. And having, Teddy Wilson and Chu Berry in the band didn't hurt either.

The Chocolate Dandies were simply a smaller version of the McKinney Cotton Pickers band. While in the studio for the first time in July 1928, the McKinney's Coton Pickers recorded 25 songs. When a few members took a break, nine other songs were recorded. It was later decided that those nine songs would be released under the name of Chocolate Dandies, named after the 1924 Broadway show co-written by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle.

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