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DUKE OF DUBUQUE. The song appeared in 1941 and was originally recorded by the Four Vagabonds for RCA. The words and music were written by Billy Faber and James Marchant, African-American recording artists came from St. Louis. After moving to Chicago, they became a popular feature on Don McNeill's Breakfast Show. They were best remembered for the hit during WORLD WAR II called "Rosie, the Riveter." (1)

"Duke of Dubuque" was revived in the 1980s by The Manhattan Transfer, a pop musical group that sang the song on a television special called "Night of 1,000 Stars" and for PBS-TV on its "Evening at the Pops" with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Manhattan Transfer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fuv3smR0oA

Famed band leader Paul HEMMER remembered playing the song at "Duke's Place," a nightclub he co-owned. Local musicians, he recalled considered it an interesting novelty. (2)

This rendition is performed by the Vocal Jazz Quartet, a cappella. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWpUwiyXwdY



Hogstrom, Erik. "Remembering "The Duke of Dubuque," Telegraph Herald, March 11, 2018, . 1C