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Doug Duke Composite - A WHAM Radio Program   Play Audio

The Composite Show

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During 1961 and 1962 Walter Dixon produced a number of radio programs for WHAM; Composite was one of those programs.  Consisting of a potpourri of entertaining 15-minute features presented by various WHAM personalities, Composite aired on weeknights from 10:00 PM until midnight.   The music of Douglas Duke was one of those nightly features, appearing in the 10:45 to 11:00 PM time slot.

This first edition of Composite’s “Douglas Duke Organ Stylings” presents Doug’s first and second appearance on that show.  As a bonus, it also includes 5 never-before-heard Douglas Duke arrangements captured by Walter Dixon and Ed Mitchell during their many recording sessions.  Although they never aired on Composite, for the purposes of this CD they are presented with Doug’s opening and closing themes in the traditional Composite format.

This special edition of the WHAM Composite radio program contains several never-before heard recordings of Douglas Duke.  Although largely unknown, Doug Duke was one of the most outstanding jazz pianist/organist of the 2oth century. This Composite edition represents the first in a series of seven volumes featuring Mr. Duke’s extraordinary arrangements which have not been heard since they first aired over WHAM in 1961-62.

Produced by Walter W. Dixon Jr. through Dew Productions Inc. at radio Station WHAM in Rochester, New York   1961-1962.
Digitalized, edited and reproduced by Sheron McNeil Dixon 2006.
 Booklet, jewel case and CD designed and printed by Sheron McNeil Dixon.
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Track Listing
  Track 01. Opening Theme 00:31
  Track 02. Isn’t It Romantic 03:21    
Horn Track 03. Summer Time 03:11
Horn Track 04. Black Magic 03:02
Horn Track 05. Witch Craft 0 1:36
  Track 06. Closing Theme 01:41
  Track 07. Opening Theme 00:31  
Horn Track 08. Dancing In The Dark 02:44
  Track 09. East Of The Sun 03:09
  Track 10. The Boy Next Door 04: 14
  Track 11 . Time On My Hands 01:27
  Track 12. Closing Theme 0 1:59
  Track 13. Opening Theme 00:28
  Track 14. It’s A Blue World 02:29
Horn Track 15. The Nearness Of You 06:18
  Track 16. Makin’ Whoopee 02:55
  Track 17. Soon 03:18
Horn Track 18. Try A Little Tenderness 12:40
  Track 19. Closing Theme 01:45
  Total Time. 57: 19