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Doc Cook and his 14 Doctors of Syncopation worked at the Casino dance hall at the White City amusement park during the late 1920s. The amusement park was located at 63rd and South Parkway in Chicago. Cook’s band also toured the midwestern states. The group broke up after having all their instruments stolen from the bandstand during a break at a marathon dance contest.

Doc Cooks Doctors of Synchopation 1927. Left to Right: Billy Butler, Don Pasquall, Joe Poston, Stanley Wilson, Wyatt Huston, Sterling Todd, Andrew Hillaire, Doc Cook, William Newton, Willian Dawson, Charlie Allen, Elwood Graham.

Also see: Doc Cook and his Dreamland Orchestra, and Cookie’s Gingersnaps


Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Alligator Crawl
(Thomas Waller)
7-11-1927 Chicago, Illinois Columbia
(Joe Sanders)
7-15-1927 Chicago, Illinois Columbia
Hum And Strum
(Do, Do, Do, – That’s What I Do)

(Billy Meyers / Elmer Schoebel)
3-30-1928 Chicago, Illinois Columbia
I Got Worry
(Love Is On My Mind)

(De Rose / Trent)
3-30-1928 Chicago, Illinois Columbia
(Joe Sanders / Lewis)
7-15-1927 Chicago, Illinois Columbia
Willie The Weeper
Vocal chorus by Andrew Hilaire

(Walter Melrose / G.D. Rymal / M. Bloom)
7-11-1927 Chicago, Illinois Columbia

Artist Instrument
Billy Butler Alto Saxophone, Violin
Jerome Carrington Piano
Doc Cooke Conductor
Bill Dawson Trombone
Elwood Graham Cornet
Andrew Hilaire Drums, Vocals
George Mitchell Cornet
Clarence Owens Tenor Saxophone
Jimmie Noone Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Newton Tuba
Joe Poston Alto Saxophone
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo
Sterling Todd Piano
Fayette Williams Trombone


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