Thanks to Atticus Jazz for the Youtube, the great sound, and the vintage photos
Diga Diga Doo is from the musical Blackbirds of 1928. Tune by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh. This recording features the long term Ellington orchestra players and the early group as well:
Duke Ellington, piano, arranger, director;. Bubber Miley, Arthur Whetsel, trumpet ; Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton trombone; Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, r Barney Bigard all reeds; Fred Guy, banjo; Wellman Braud, bass; Sonny Greer, drums; and Irving Mills, vocal New York, July 10, 1928. Throughout the hot jazz and the swing eras, Duke Ellington was always a couple years ahead of the rest.
Until I heard this record, I knew Irving Mills was important for Duke Ellington, but I didn’t know he could sing. Some of the photos in this You Tube are from the original and historic Cotton Club Review in Harlem.