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Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo' bye)

Benson Orchestra Of Chicago


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"A Farewell to Bargy"


Recorded in Camden, New Jersey on September 13th 1922 featuring Roy Bargy piano & director, Rick Adkins trumpet, Guy Carey trombone, Matthew Amaturo clarinet, alto, & soprano sax, Tom Thatcher tenor sax, Joe Baum and Albert Walthall violins, Joe Miller banjo, William Foeste tuba, and Arthur Layfield drums.

*"Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' bye)" was written by Gus Kahn, Ernie Erdman, and Dan Russo.

This record was made just prior to Roy Bargy's replacement with Don Bestor.

Organized by Edgar A. Benson, the "Benson Orchestra of Chicago" was a popular dance band based out of Marigold Gardens (a notorious gangster hang-out) in Chicago.

At different times throughout the 1920's the "Benson Orchestra" would employ a number of influential jazz musicians. In 1922 following, a heated argument with Edgar Benson, Roy Bargy left the group and took most of the other musicians with him. Bargy was replaced as bandleader and pianist by Don Bestor who assembled a new band with members now including saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer.

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