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The Syncopating Seven
The Syncopatin’ Seven was a later version of The Syncopatin’ Five. They got their start playing dance music in hotels in Florida. Most of the band members were from Ohio and Indiana and they returned North and played gigs there until the winter when they returned to Florida and played in Georgia. In 1922 saxophonist Ray Stillson and the then unknown cornet player Red Nichols joined the band bringing the number of Syncopating Five to seven.

The Syncopating Seven

The Syncopating Seven 1923 Left to right: Ray Stilson, Red Nichols, Chuck Campbell, Herb Hayworth, Dusty Rhoades, Gilbert Dutton, Russell Stubbs.

They jokingly billed themselves as the The Syncopating Five and their Orchestra, and recorded under the more logical name of The Syncopating Seven. The band went north to Chicago where Red Nichols first encountered Bix Beiderbecke’s cornet playing while Bix sat in with the Friars Society Orchestra. After this Nichols started to model his playing after Bix’s style. The Syncopating Seven played Florida again in the winter and then landed a prestigious gig at the Ambassador Hotel in Atlantic City, where Paul Whiteman rose to fame. They felt they needed a classier image and changed the band’s name to the Royal Palm Orchestra. The band was a flop and they hightailed it back to Indiana where the group broke up soon afterwards.

ddd discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
(Fred Fisher)
11-22-1922 Richmond, Indiana Gennett

Strutting At The Strutter’s Ball 11-22-1922 Richmond, Indiana Gennett

Toot-Toot-Tootsie (Goo’ Bye)
(Gus Kahn / Ernie Erdman / Dan Russo )
11-22-1922 Richmond, Indiana Gennett


The Syncopating Seven

Artist Instrument
Chuck Campbell Trombone
Gilbert Dutton Clarinet
Herb Hayworth Banjo
Red Nichols Cornet
Dusty Rhoades Drums
Ray Stillson C-Melody Saxophone
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