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PM, May 11, 1941, p.10

“This is ridiculous!”


PM, May 11, 1941, p.58 (Photos by David Eisendrath, Jr., 1914-1988)

Satchmo, 40, Looks Good for Another 20 Years

The photographs on this page were taken at a recent Decca recording session…

Photos were made during a recording of Hey Lawdy Mama, released this week. Decca, 35 cents.”


Hey Lawdy Mama, Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra, 1941.

Armstrong looked and sounded great for another 30 years…

Lepke (1897-1944) and Armstrong (1901-1971)… two years older and two years younger than Weegee…


PM, May 1, 1941, p.7

Here’s What Makes a Museum Modern by Henry Simon.”

(“Coffee Concerts” started at 9 PM. Museum admission was $1.50. In May 1941 $1.50 had the same buying power as $27.59 in March 2021; in May 2021, museum admission is $25. The Sophistichords, Herman Chittison, solo, and John Kirby and his Orchestra, from Cafe Society Uptown… One of the songs performed by Herman Chittison at MoMA on April 30, 1941 was The Man I Love. One of the songs performed by John Kirby and his Orchestra was Double Talk.)

Museum of Modern Art to Present Series of Non-Concert Music Including Swing, Folk Songs, Gospel Singers, Spanish Dancers, and Voodoo Drummers… PDF of press release.


The Man I Love, Herman Chittison, 1941 (piano solo).


Double Talk, John Kirby and his Orchestra, 1941.



PM, May 1, 1941, p.7

‘Citizen Kane’ Gets A Running Start
Citizen Kane, the Orson Welles movie which for four months has withstood a nationwide Heartskrieg, opens tonight, 8:30, at the Palace. Its advance business, nourished by the newspaper controversy, is booming…
…”I can always show it,” he said. “I’ll show it in a ballpark with four screens, in auditoriums, at fairs, in circus tents, in necessary…”


Flamingo, Herman Chittison, 1941 (piano solo).


I Should Care, Herman Chittison Trio, 1945.


Hugo Montenegro, Ellington Fantasy, Vik, LX-1106, 1958
“Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City, July 23, 25 and 31, 1957.”
Photo by Weegee.

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Conductors and Composers of Popular Orchestral Music: A Biographical and Discographical Sourcebook, by Musiker and Musiker, 1998

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Billboard, May 26, 1958

Recreation of Hugo Montenegro’s Ellington Fantasy album with recordings of 78s by Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra:


Black and Tan Fantasy, 1927


Sophisticated Lady, 1940


Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me, 1940


Solitude, 1934


Azure, 1937


Mood Indigo, 1930


Caravan, 1937


In a Sentimental Mood, 1935


I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good, 1941


Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, 1947


I Didn’t Know About You, 1944


I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart, 1938

Happy Birthday anniversary to DUKE ELLINGTON…

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Hugo Montenegro, Ellington Fantasy, Vik, LX-1106, (Photo: Weegee) “Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City, July 23, 25 and 31, 1957.”

Hugo Montenegro, Ellington Fantasy on Discogs

Hugo Montenegro, Ellington Fantasy on iTunes

Hugo Montenegro, Ellington Fantasy on Google Play

Biographical sketch: “Conductors and Composers of Popular Orchestral Music”

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Conductors and Composers of Popular Orchestral Music: A Biographical and Discographical Sourcebook, by RMusiker and NMusiker, 1998

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Billboard, May 26, 1958

Selected discography, from visit montenegro(dot)com:
Loves of My Life, 1957
Hugo Montenegro, Ellington Fantasy, Vik LP
Velvet Violins, Lush and Lovely, Movietone MTS 2008
Bongs and Brass, Time Series 2000 S/2014
Cha Chas for Dancing, Time Series 2000 S/2018
Boogie Woogie Bongos, Time Series 2000 S/2020
Country and Western, Time S/2071
Bold Brass Broadway, Time S/2139
Black Velvet, Time S/2196
Montenegro Magic (2 LP set), Mainstream SOBO 91646
In a Sentimental Mood, RCA Camden CAS-729
Hurry Sundown, RCA Victor LOC 1133
Russian Grandeur, RCA LPM-2902/LSP-2902
The Young Beat of Rome, RCA Victor LSP-2958, 1964
Candy’s Theme and Other Sweets, RCA Victor LSP-3332, 1965
The Man from U.N.C.L.E., RCA Victor LSP 3475
Come Spy With Me, RCA Victor LSP 3540
More from The Man from U.N.C.L.E., RCA Victor LSP 3574
Others by Brothers, RCA Victor LSP 3784
Music from “A Fistful of Dollars” and “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” RCA Victor LSP 3927
Hang ‘Em High, RCA Victor, Stereo LSP-4022
Moog Power, RCA Victor LSP-4170
Good Vibrations, RCA Victor LSP-4104 (1969)
Lady in Cement (soundtrack), 20th Century Fox S4204
Colours of Love, RCA Victor LSP-4273
Music from the Comedy Hit, “Viva Max!”, RCA Victor LSP-3927
The Best of Hugo Montenegro, RCA Victor LSP-4361
Dawn of Dylan, 1970
People …One to One, RCA Victor LSP-4537 (1971)
This is Hugo Montenegro, RCA Victor VPS-6036 (1971)
Love Theme From The Godfather, RCA APD1-0001
Hugo in Wonderland, RCA Victor APD1-0413
Neil’s Diamonds, 1973
Hugo in Wonder-land, 1974
Rocket Man (Elton John covers), 1975