Correction: Cotton Club Interstitial

By The History Detectives Team
6 August 2010
Category: Correction

We want to acknowledge a couple of factual mistakes in the Cotton Club interstitial which last aired on July 19, 2010.

First, the Cotton Club did not launch Ella Fitzgerald’s career. At the age of 15, she won an amatuer night performance at the Apollo Theater. Until 1935, she continued performing in Harlem on the amatuer circuit until a 1935 audition with Chick Webb started her professional career.

Lastly, The Cotton Club closed on June 10, 1940 while Ellington and his band introduced “Take the ‘A’ Train” in 1941. Therefore, it is unlikely he performed the song at the Cotton Club.

Thanks to viewer Malcom Womack who pointed out the errors.


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