Marion Cox

Singer Marion Cox joined Duke Ellingtons or­ches­tra for a trial run in June 1946 as a po­ten­tial re­place­ment for the de­parted Joya Sherrill. Her ini­tial per­for­mance was marred by mi­cro­phone fail­ure, but once she fi­nally got started, she earned a per­ma­nent spot in the band. Described as a tall, strik­ing gal,” Cox stayed with Ellington un­til June 1947.

Cox worked briefly with Ellington again in the sum­mer of 1950 and also with Count Basie later that same year.


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  • St. Louis Blues
    Duke Ellington (Marion Cox), Victor (1946)

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  1. “Vaudeville Review: Oriental, Chicago.” Billboard 22 Jun. 1946: 48.
  2. “Music As Written.” Billboard 13 Jul. 1946: 24.
  3. “Vaudeville Review: RKO-Boston, Boston.” Billboard 18 Jan. 1947: 35.
  4. “Music As Written.” Billboard 19 Jul. 1947: 39.
  5. Advertisement. Penn Yan Chronicle-Express [Penn Yan, New York] 27 Jul. 1950: 3.
  6. “Rhythm & Blues Notes.” Billboard 25 Nov. 1950: 30.