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Night Life: 1942

Night Life: 1942

April 1942. "Drummer 'Red' Saunders and his band at the Club DeLisa, Chicago." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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I recorded Red in 1961

when I was producing a series of sessions in Chicago—for the Riverside label.

Red had a good run

Theo 'Red' Saunders and his orchestra were the house band at the DeLisa from 1937 to 1958, with a a brief pause between 1945-47. He did a fair bit of recording during his career and did session work with Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner and others.

He had a minor hit in 1952 with the novelty tune "Hambone", which you can hear on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqabSNWG6q4

Red died in Chicago in 1981.

Beat Me, Daddy

Eight to the Bar! From a wonderful era for popular music.

And Red is --

holding his sticks the proper way a drummer should.

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