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Benson Orchestra of Chicago

A popular Chicago dance band formed in 1920 by Edgar A. Benson, a cellist turned impresario who also managed a number of other assemblies. Under the direction of pianist Roy Bargy the Orchestra made its recording debut for Victor in 1921. The band was base at the Marigold Gardens an establishment which was also a notorious hang out for the Chicago Mob. The following year after having an argument with Benson, Roy Bargy left group and was immediately replaced with Don Bestor. In 1925 Bestor quit the orchestra and was replaced as director by trumpeter Fred Hamm leading to the group's eventual disbandment.

Videos:

Ain't We Got Fun? (3:08)

Dreams Of India (3:27)

Oklahoma Indian Jazz (2:46)

Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo' bye) (3:29)

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