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Erskine Tate (1901-1975)
Erskine Tate (January 14, 1895-December 17, 1978, the original RHJ Archive had the dates wrong) was a violinist and leader of a band that played at the Vendome Theatre in Chicago (3143-45 East 31st at State Street) from 1919 to 1928. Among the musicians who played with the Vendome Orchestra were Louis ArmstrongLil Hardin-Armstong and Freddie Keppard.Erskine Tate's Vendome Orchestra

Erskine Tate was active in Chicago as a bandleader until the mid-1930s playing the music for Leo A. Seltzer’s Walkathons which were marathon dances. It is interesting to note that comedians Dick “Lord” Buckley and Red Skelton were the masters of ceremonies at these dance marathons. Tate left show business in the late 1930s and became a music teacher.

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Erskine Tate and his Vendome Orchestra 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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