Darktown Strutters' Ball

"Darktown Strutters' Ball" is a popular song by Shelton Brooks, published in 1917. The song has been recorded many times and is considered a popular and jazz standard. There are many variations of the title, including "At the Darktown Strutters' Ball", "The Darktown Strutters' Ball", and just "Strutters' Ball".

"Darktown Strutters' Ball"
Single by Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Format10-inch 78 rpm record
RecordedMay 30, 1917
Songwriter(s)Shelton Brooks


Soon after its 1917 publication, "Darktown Strutters' Ball" was included by Sophie Tucker in her Vaudeville routine.[1] The song was recorded on May 9 that year by the Six Brown Brothers.[2][3] The best-known recording by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, which was recorded on May 30, 1917, and released by Columbia Records as catalog number A-2297,[1] was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006.

More than three million copies of the sheet music were sold.[4]

Recorded versions

See also


  1. Don Tyler (2 April 2007). Hit Songs, 1900-1955: American Popular Music of the Pre-Rock Era. McFarland. pp. 96–. ISBN 978-0-7864-2946-2.
  2. Bruce Vermazen (5 March 2004). That Moaning Saxophone : The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze: The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 219–. ISBN 978-0-19-534732-6.
  3. Elaine Keillor (18 March 2008). Music in Canada: Capturing Landscape and Diversity. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. pp. 215–. ISBN 978-0-7735-3391-2.
  4. "The Darktown Strutters’ Ball". The Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame website. accessed 2017-06-19
  5. Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone, Pathe Records in the 20001 to 20499 series Online Discographical Project
  6. Ray Anthony, "Count Every Star" single release Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  7. Manor Records discography
  8. MGM Records in the 11500 to 11999 series
  9. Castle Records in the 1 to 15 series
  10. Bell Records in the 1003 to 1132 series
  11. Columbia Records in the A-2000 to A-2499 series
  12. Coral Records in the 60000 to 60499 series
  13. Abrams, Steven; Settlemier, Tyrone. "SIGNATURE 78rpm numerical listing discography". www.78discography.com. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  14. Vocalion Records in the 3500 to 3999 series
  15. Conqueror Records in the 8501 to 8999 series
  16. Capitol Records in the 1500 to 1999 series
  17. "OKEH 78rpm numerical listing discography: 8000 - 8500". www.78discography.com. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  18. Tennessee Records discography
  19. US Decca Records in the 29000 to 29499 series
  20. US Decca Records in the 23500 to 23999 series
  21. Silvertone Records in the 5004 to 5146 series
  22. Federal Records in the 5001 to 5414 series
  23. Lord, Tom (1997). The Jazz Discography Vol. 18. Redwood, New York: Cadence Jazz Books. p. 660. ISBN 1-881993-17-5.
  24. MGM Records in the 30000 to 30499 series
  25. Philip Lambert (1 March 2013). Alec Wilder. University of Illinois Press. pp. 2–. ISBN 978-0-252-09484-2.
  26. Columbia Records in the 15000D to 15782D series
  27. US Decca Records in the 28000 to 28499 series
  28. Bluebird Records in the 10500 to 10999 series
  29. http://www.poparchives.com.au/77/ted-mulry-gang/the-darktown-strutters-ball
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