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Ben Pollack's Bad Boys

Ben Pollack was on sessions during 1928-29 released under the names of the Hotsy Totsy Gang, Jimmy McHugh’s Bostonians, Ben’s Bad Boys, and the Louisville Rhythm Kings. At that point, Ben Pollack was at the height of his success, leading what could be considered in those segregated times as the top regularly working white jazz band, performing not only at the Park Central Hotel but for a few months in the stage show Hello Daddy.

Excerpt from Ben Pollack: Profiles in Jazz, by Scott Yanow

Ben Pollack's Bad Boys

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Shirt Tail Stomp
(Benny Goodman)
1-22-1929 New York, New York Camden
Wang-Wang Blues
(Gus Mueller / Bert Johnson / Henry Busse)
1-22-1929 New York, New York Victor
Yellow Dog Blues
(W.C. Handy)
1-22-1929 New York, New York Victor

Ben Pollack's Bad Boys

Artist Instrument
Ray Bauduc Drums
Vic Briedis Piano
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Harry Goodman Brass Bass
Jimmy McPartland Cornet
Glenn Miller Trombone
Dick Morgan Banjo
Ben Pollack Director, Vocals was a pioneering website during the "Information wants to be Free" era of the 1990s. In that spirit we are recovering the lost data from the now defunct site and sharing it with you.
Most of the music in the archive is in the form of MP3s hosted on or the French servers of where this music is all in the public domain.
Files unavailable from those sources we host ourselves. They were made from original 78 RPM records in the hands of private collectors in the 1990s who contributed to the original They were hosted as .ra files originally and we have converted them into the more modern MP3 format. They are of inferior quality to what is available commercially and are intended for reference purposes only. In some cases a Real Audio (.ra) file from will download. Don't be scared! Those files will play in many music programs, but not Windows Media Player.

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