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Cherokee was written by the great Ray Noble, British born band leader and song composer and writer. Ray Noble wrote Cherokee and several other songs in a suite of songs in tribute to various North American Indian tribes. For better or worse, Cherokee was the knock out hit and the others have largely been forgotten.
Art Tatum’s version of Cherokee was recorded in 1954 and is available on the Art Tatum Complete Solo Masterpieces Disc Five track 11.
I first heard this song riding in the backseat of my parents car and I immediately loved it. Art Tatum and Ray Noble…both men in a league of their own.