The original Dukes Of Dixieland formed in 1948 by the Assunto Brothers, Frank & Fred. This band played until the death of Frank Assunto in early 1974.
June 15, 2000, the Estate of Frank Assunto brought legal action preventing the unauthorized use of the Assunto Brothers' musical legacy and accomplishments by various individuals and/or entities. (Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Division "E," Case # 2000-9440).
According to the Assunto's Real Dukes of Dixieland website: "...after Frank Assunto's death in 1974, no one using the Assunto legacy or the name Dukes of Dixieland has ever had any connection to the Assunto Brothers or their Dukes of Dixieland (even though in the past it had been advertised otherwise)"