Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra
Formed in 1918 by drummer-vocalist Carleton Coon (5 February 1894, Rochester, Minnesota, USA, d. 4 May 1932, USA) and pianist-vocalist Joe Sanders (b. 15 October 1896, Thayer, Kansas, USA, d. 15 May 1965, USA), the Nighthawks were a small dance band, usually of eight or nine pieces. In the early 20s the band began broadcasting over radio station WDAF during their long engagement at the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. They achieved remarkable popularity, owing largely to Sanders outgoing personality and the easy charm with which he chatted to the listeners. The band played instantaneous requests, telegraphed in during the show as a forerunner of latter-day radio phone-ins. In 1924 the Nighthawks visited Chicago where the value of their radio show popularity became apparent. Hugely successful in Chicago, the band began broadcasting nightly from the Blackhawk Restaurant. They followed this highly successful season with a tour of sell-out one-night...