Chuck Berry 1926 - 2017

Just heard the news that we've lost an icon today, March 18, 2017.

Here we have what many consider the last major labelled 78 rpm disc produced.



Don José Havana Orchestra (Cuarteto Machín) / Bennie Moten & His Kansas City Orchestra - Victor 23037 (1929)

What an odd pairing AND it took me a while to figure out who Don José's Havana Orchestra was...and what a nice surprise at that.

Cuarteto Machín: Daniel Sánchez g, v / Yayito Maldonado g / Antonio Machín dir, v / Remberto Lara t.

Recorded in New York on October 6, 1930.


Bennie Moten dir / Ed Lewis, Booker Washington c / Thamon Hayes tb / Harlan Leonard cl, ss, as / Jack Washington el, as, bar / Woody Walder cl, ts / Count Basie p / Ira "Buster" Moten pac, 2nd p / Leroy Berry bj / Vernon Page bb / Willie McWashington d / Eddie Durham tb, g.

Recorded in Chicago on October 23, 1929.

Hermanos Deniz Cuban Rhythm Band - Columbia MC 3456

Haven't been able to ascertain the recording date for these sides but was very surprised to hear the style heard here.

Not being Cuban in the least, the brothers were actually born in Cardiff, Wales. There father was from Cape Verde off the northwest coast of Africa.

The brother act played alongside Glenn Miller's AEF band in 1944 and in 1960, provided music for the film, Our Man In Havana.

Here is a wonderfully thorough website dedicated to the Deniz brothers.




Re: Our Man In Havana
The Philadelphia Inquirer
March 3, 1960

Johnson's Cracker Jacks - Bluebird 6278 (1932)

Eddie Johnson p, dir / Harold Baker, James Talphy t / Winfield Baker tb / Fred Martin, Walter Martin as / Chick Franklin ts / Benny Jackson bj, g, v / Singleton Palmer sb / Lester Nichols d.

Recorded in Atlanta on February 25, 1932.


The Pittsburgh Courier
December 31, 1931

Alton Evening Telegraph (Illinois)
September 14, 1932

The Courier Journal (Kentucky)
October 22, 1932

Mills Ten Blackberries - Velvet Tone 7082 & 7088 (1930)

Here we have the complete recording session output by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra from June 12, 1930.

Duke Ellington p, a, dir / Arthur Whetsel, Freddy Jenkins, Cootie Williams t / Joe Nanton tb / Johnny Hodges cl, ss, as / Harry Carney cl, as bar / Barney Bigard cl, ts / Fred Guy bj / Wellman Braud sb / Sonny Greer d. 

Recorded in New York on June 12, 1930.





The New York Age
July 12, 1930