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The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks : the band that made radio famous
Edmiston, Fred W., 1930-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2003]

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xi, 372 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Joe and Coonie -- Postwar Kansas City -- Coon-Sanders novelty orchestra -- The Nighthawks -- Chicago's Congress Hotel -- The Blackhawk years -- The final year.
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ML3518 .E35 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Carleton A. Coon, Sr., and Joe L. Sanders formed the Coon-Sanders Orchestra in 1919 in Kansas City, Missouri. Three years later, under the name Nighthawks, the band began broadcasting experimental, highly-popular midnight radio programs over Kansas City's WDAF. Their music was played all over the world, and the band remained at the top until Coon's death in 1932. Here is the complete history of the Coon-Sanders Orchestra, the band whose saucy and bustling music and carefree and extravagant musicians symbolized the era between World War I and the Great Depression. This work covers it all, from the two leaders and their very different personalities, and the various band members, to their association with Jules Cesar Stein (who set the band on a five-week tour that made enough money for Stein to found the Music Corporation of America, or MCA), to their adventures playing around the country.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. 1
1. Joe and Cooniep. 5
2. Postwar Kansas Cityp. 21
3. Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestrap. 57
4. The Nighthawksp. 83
5. Chicago's Congress Hotelp. 116
6. The Blackhawk Yearsp. 186
7. The Final Yearp. 250
Epiloguep. 291
Notesp. 297
Appendix A The Band's Personnelp. 321
Appendix B Nighthawks and Their Associatesp. 324
Appendix C Coon-Sanders' Schedule of Road Toursp. 334
Appendix D Songs Composed by Joe Sanders and Carleton Coonp. 339
Bibliographyp. 343
Indexp. 353