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This recording was produced in Camden, New Jersey on September 7th 1928 featuring Ed Lewis and Booker Washington trumpets, Thamon Hayes trombone, Harlan Leonard clarinet & alto sax, Woody Walder clarinet & tenor sax, Jack Washington clarinet, alto, & baritone sax, Bennie Moten piano & director, Leroy Berry banjo, Vernon Page brass bass, and Willie McWashington drums.

*"South" was composed by Bennie Moten and Thamon Hayes.

Bennie Moten subsequently recruited many fine musicians and after many changes assembled an orchestra which became the basis for Count Basie's band when "The Count" took over after his abrupt death in April 1935 as the result of a botched tonsillectomy.

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