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Duke Ellington SOUNDIES

This memo, the second page of which appears to be missing, has SOUNDIES executive Gordon Mills announcing and describing four of the marvelous Duke Ellington SOUNDIES from 1941. Strange that “Bli-Blip” is not mentioned, perhaps because the band does not appear on screen in that short. I should also mentioned that, contrary to some suggestions in the past, Jimmy Blanton is not on the soundtrack or on screen in any of the Ellington SOUNDIES. The string bass play on this date was Junior Raglin.