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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


TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
Alligator Crawl
(Thomas Waller)
7-11-1927Chicago, IllinoisColumbia
(Joe Sanders)
7-15-1927Chicago, IllinoisColumbia
Hum And Strum
(Do, Do, Do, – That’s What I Do)

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

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

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

Billy ButlerAlto Saxophone, Violin
Jerome CarringtonPiano
Doc CookeConductor
Bill DawsonTrombone
Elwood GrahamCornet
Andrew HilaireDrums, Vocals
George MitchellCornet
Clarence OwensTenor Saxophone
Jimmie NooneClarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill NewtonTuba
Joe PostonAlto Saxophone
Johnny St. CyrBanjo
Sterling ToddPiano
Fayette WilliamsTrombone


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