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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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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:

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.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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