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History Detectives

Duke Ellington Plates

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1941, a new instrumental "Take the 'A' Train," becomes the signature song of pianist Duke Ellington. But was the young composer denied full credit for the hit song? Our contributor has discovered boxes of sheet music and metal sheets that look like printing plates for this song. History Detectives investigates the story behind these plates and determines the role they played in this jazz classic.

Episodes of History Detectives60

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HDSI - Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?

Notorious teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared without a trace in 1975. Was he murdered?

54:41

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HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

Before Jack the Ripper, a serial killer walked the streets of Austin, Texas.

54:41

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HDSI - Civil War Sabotage?

The steamship Sultana exploded without warning one night in 1865, killing 1,800 people.

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Deleted Scene: Swing Kids in Hamburg

London professor Les Back tells Tukufu about WWII-era Germany's underground jazz scene.

2:30

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Deleted Scene: Wartime Contradictions

London professor Les Back tells Tukufu about segregation of black soldiers during WW II.

2:03

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Sultana mystery reveal

The History Detectives come to a conclusion about the Sultana mystery.

3:20

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Kit Carson Family Secrets

Did this antique biography once belong to Kit Carson’s family?

13:28

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Sons of the Pioneers

Archive footage of the Sons of the Pioneers performing Tumbling Tumbleweeds.

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