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The Duke in Pontiac June 11, 1957

Duke Ellington in Pontiac, 1957.

This is a photo of one of Duke Ellington’s many visits to this stretch of Central Illinois. Ellington and his orchestra performed at the Elks Country Club in Pontiac in June 1957. This wonderful photo shows The Duke at that event chatting with Bob Pollitt (left) and Farley Sparks (right), both Pontiac residents with their own dance bands. Here's the link to the "Page from Our Past" article: http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/pfop-duke-ellington-big-draw-in-twin-cities/article_4b282bd9-e069-54a6-8a25-c074bb29303d.html

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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