IRVING MILLS

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Irving Mills did a great deal to help jazz, making himself a great deal of money in the process. He is most famous for his work as manager for Duke Ellington during 1926-1939, helping Ellington gain his job at the Cotton Club, in addition to securing numerous recording sessions and important engagements. He also wrote the lyrics to some of Ellington's songs, including "It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing," "Mood Indigo," and "Sophisticated Lady." He had earlier worked with his brother, Jack, in establishing a music publishing business that became Mills Music, Inc. Mills also promoted Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Jimmie Lunceford, and Don Redman, and appeared as a singer on many sessions (including some with Ellington). He put together all-star recording groups under the names of the Whoopee Makers and Irving Mills' Hotsy Totsy Gang (1928-1930) and in 1931 became the manager read more...
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IRVING MILLS Irving Mills & His Hotsy Totsy Gang: Volume One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Irving Mills & His Hotsy Totsy Gang: Volume One
Classic (1920s) Jazz 2000
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Irving Mills & His Hotsy Totsy Gang: Volume Two
Classic (1920s) Jazz 2000
IRVING MILLS Irving Mills and his Hotsy Totsy Gang : The First 24 Sides (1928 1929) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Irving Mills and his Hotsy Totsy Gang : The First 24 Sides (1928 1929)
Classic (1920s) Jazz 2017

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What Kind A Man Is You / Manhattan Rag
Classic (1920s) Jazz 1929

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