[78-L] Duke Records (c1945 label) questions

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Tue Apr 9 19:52:50 PDT 2013

ARLD lists Duke as operating at 769 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, in May 1945 as 
per the Billboard ad. Cosmo was on 5th Avenue in New York. No connection I can 
see with Duke unless some unissued masters were sold to Cosmo when Duke shut 
down..? I have that Trummy Young on Cosmo, with an orange label (Cosmo changed 
its colors and labels and logos more often than Karajan recorded the Beethoven 


On 4/9/2013 10:45 PM, Philip Fukuda wrote:
> I've been looking for some information on the mid-1940s jazz label, Duke. Most of the information online redirects to the 1950s R&B label.
> My questions are a) how many issues were there and b) what was the relationship (if any) to the Cosmo label?
> Here's the scanty amount of information I've uncovered s far:
> I've seen an advertisement in Billboard, May 19, 1945:
> Duke Record Company, 769 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn 12, NY lists records 110, 112
> An LP (Xanadu 208) says that Bob Shad may have produced the sessions.
> Here is the discographical information from Lord, supplemented with some additional sleuthing:
> Trummie Young&  his Lucky Seven (rec NYC 5/2/1945)
> Trummy Young, Buck Clayton, Ike Quebec, Kenny Kersey, Slam Stewart,  Lord Byron (Mike Bryan), Jimmy Crawford.
> DU4900A	Good 'N' Groovy (Quebec) Duke 110
> DU4901A	I'm Living For Today - vTY (Trummie Young) Duke 110
> DU-4900-B	Rattle And Roll (Clayton) Duke 111 (also issued on Cosmo JS-901)
> DU-4901-B	Behind The Eight Bar (Kersey) Duke 111 (also issued on Cosmo JS-901)
> Frankie Socolow and his Duke Quintette (rec NYC 5/2/1945)
> Freddie Webster, Frank Socolow, Bud Powell, Leonard Gaskin, Irv Kluger. May 2, 1945.
> DU4903	The Man I Love (Gershwin) Duke 112
> DU4905	Reverse The Charges (F. Webster) Duke 112
> unknown mx	September In The Rain (Warren-Dubin) Duke 115 (single-sided)
> unknown mx	Blue Fantasy (unissued)
> I've seen Duke 110 and 112, but none of the others. Was Duke 111 issued at all? It turns up on Cosmo.
> It seems odd that Duke 115 would have been issued as a single-sided record. That sounds more like a test pressing to me.
> Philip
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