Duke Ellington, Two Ton Baker, & a Pair of James

A couple of childhood friends…

Chicago radio & TV personality Two Ton Baker, and Duke Ellington, taken at the Blue Note, where my mother Elaine was a cocktail waitress. She & Ella Fitzgerald shared the same birthday, & always joked about it.

Two Ton Baker, Eric James, Mary Lee James, Duke Ellington

At home I wasn’t all that friendly to my sister, Mary Lee, though we put on a good show in public.

Duke taught me all about custom made shirts & suits, but more about creativity as a profession.