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The top White band in Buffalo, NY during the 20s was the Buffalodians aka the Yankee Six and the Yankee Ten Orchestra. Founded by ex-Earl Fuller violinist Jack McGlaughlin, the band grew in size, territory, and influence over the early 20s, playing summer seasons at Crystal Beach on the Ontario side of Lake Erie.

Buffalodians ca. 26
Buffalodians ca. 26

They eventually bought their own dance hall and attracted the attention of Okeh Records in 1925 who recorded them in their hometown. They rebranded, toured, added a young Harold Arlen (then Harold Arluck) on second piano, and hightailed it to New York where they played on Long Island and briefly on Broadway. Members later recalled that they remodeled after the then-popular Ross Gorman band with Red Nichols and Miff Mole, and this was part of how they got a deal with Columbia Records.

Sadly the band broke up in 1926, partially due to Arlen’s rising popularity overshadowing McGlaughlin’s baton waving. Still, their final Columbia session finds them in rare form, with Arlen providing a potent scat vocal on the era hit “Would Ja?”—by Colin Hancock


TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
Baby Face 7-1-1926 New YorkBanner
Deep Henderson5-24-1926 New YorkColumbia 665-D
Here Comes Emaline5-24-1926 New YorkColumbia
How Many Times?7-1926 New YorkRegal
I Never Knew How Much I Loved You3-1925Buffalo, New YorkOkeh
Jimtown Blues
(Charlie Davis)
3-1925Buffalo, New YorkOkeh
No One
(Milton Ager)
3-1925Buffalo, New YorkOkeh
Oh! Those Eyes
(Bert Kalimar / Harry Ruby / M.K. Jerome)
3-1925Buffalo, New YorkOkeh
She’s Still My Baby8-20-1926 New YorkColumbia 723-D
Would-ja?8-20-1926 New YorkColumbia 723-D

Ted BentonClarinet
Cal DavisCornet
Bill FitzgeraldTrombone
Dick GeorgePiano
Harrison HallBass Brass
Jules PilarClarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Irving MatthewsBanjo
Jack McLaughlinViolin
Harold TapsonDrums


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