All inducted songs
Inspired by an annual ball in Chicago owned by wealthy society folk but that had a guest list of pimps and prostitutes.
The Darktown Strutters' Ball
  • Year Inducted: 2005
  • Written In: 1917
Chet Atkins
Count Basie
Dave Brubeck
Fats Domino
Jimmy Dorsey
Ella Fitzgerald
Benny Goodman
Al Jolson
Dean Martin
Fats Waller
Django Reinhardt
Original Dixieland Jazz Band
The Six Brown Brothers
Savoy Quartet
Wilbur Sweatman’s Original Jazz Band
Lieutenant James Europe’s 369th Infantry Jazz Band

Shelton Brooks had a keen eye for the supreme ironies of society, one of which was the annual formal ball thrown by the Chicago elite in honour of the world’s oldest profession and their (often elite) associates. The song reached the Number 2 position in Canada in 1917, including early 78 recordings and music sheet sales. The sheet music, as published by New York’s Leo Feist that year, was used for voice, piano and ukulele. Described by some as the first nominal jazz record, it sold more than three million sheet music units and became a staple of many pop and jazz artists.

Some of These Days & The Darktown Strutters' Ball - Performed by Jackie Richardson and Joe Sealy
The songs were performed by Canadian Gemini Award Winning singer and actress, Jackie Richardson, along with pianist Joe Sealy at the 2005 CSHF Induction Gala.
Related News
August 27, 2018

Marcel Martel's “Un coin du ciel” to be inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame at Festival Western de St-Tite

Media releases
August 16, 2018

Robert Paquette’s “Bleu et blanc” to be inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame during 50th Edition of Festival international de la chanson de Granby

Media releases
Our Partners