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105 YEARS OLD TODAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021
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Photo of me with my uncle, Bill Doggett and my aunt
Angelyn Garlington Doggett circa 1989-90
Photo by my dad, Bill’s younger brother, Reverend John N Doggett
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CELEBRATING BILL DOGGETT’S GREAT FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE
ELLA FITZGERALD@100, APRIL 25TH, 2017
The Ella Fitzgerald Centennial
BILL DOGGETT and ELLA FITZGERALD had a very important career long working relationship, a major story that has been untold
After Chick Webb’s death, BILL DOGGETT became Ella’s most important collaborator as her pianist, arranger and Music Director 1943-44, arranger and collaborator on her 1951-52 Big Hits, Smooth Sailing, Rough Riding and Tea Leaves and her 1962 “Stereo Demonstration Record” Rhythm is My Business
BILL DOGGETT arranged, assembled and conducted the All Star Orchestra
BILL DOGGETTkills it….in his dynamic arrangement for Ella of NO MOON AT ALL
CELEBRATING TWO CENTENNIALS,
ELLA FITZGERALD and BILL DOGGETT
Bill Doggett, Arranger and Conductor of Doggett assembled All Star Orchestra
for Ella’s 1962 StereoRaMA sound Lp Rhythm is My Business
BILL DOGGETT TRIBUTE GIFTS
Bill Doggett was Ella’s pianist and Music Director during this time period. During 1940-1941, he played a leading role with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Girl Singer for The Lucky Millinder Orchestra, for whom Bill Doggett was both pianist and arranger. Between 1942-44, he also played a key role with The Ink Spots, as their arranger and pianist-uncredited- on their biggest hit records.
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Created expressly as a keepsake, this Memory Lane dvd is filled with great music, rare footage, photographs taken by Bill Doggett family members from 1936-1961 and an excerpt of the very special 80th birthday phone call that I made to my uncle Bill on February 17th, 1996. You get to hear the voice of Bill Doggett at the time of his 80th birthday. He died 9 months later on 11/13/1996
This special dvd opens with the incredible promotional documentary short created for the occasion
A Must Have for Bill Doggett fans
About Bill Doggett, Jazz Pianist and Organist
Bill Doggett was the legendary Rhythm and Blues organist, jazz pianist and arranger who created the landmark Gold record, Billboard and Cash Box award winning 1956 Rock n Roll instrumental hit, Honky Tonk, Parts 1 and 2.
Bill Doggett , a Philadelphia native is one of the most important forces helping to usher forward the dawn of Jazz Organ in the mid 1950s, along with his peer, Wild Bill Davis.
Both Doggett and Davis kickstarted the golden opportunities that Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes, Charles Earland and a whole new generation of Jazz Organist and Jazz Combos would enjoy.
Without Bill Doggett and Wild Bill Davis, Jazz and Rock organ would not have had the renaissance that allowed Jimmy Smith forward to Joey De Francesco to become the icons in jazz organ that they have become today.
Photos below: Wild Bill Davis,the great Hammond B-2 organ pioneer, Davis was pianist and pioneer Jazz organist for the iconic Louis Jordan Tympany 5 and Bill Doggett’s jazz organ mentor.
My uncle replaced Bill Davis in Louis Jordan’s Band 1947-1951 when Davis went out on the road as a Jazz Organ Combo
Louis Jordan and Tympany Five 1947-51, Bill Doggett created another milestone by replacing Bill Davis who went out on his own as a pioneering Hammond B-2 jazz organist.
Bill Doggett is important in the annals of Harlem 1930s-40s jazz history as both pianist and arranger for The Lucky Millinder Orchestra 1939-41. As pianist with Lucky Millinder, Bill Doggett has his film premiere in the important 1939 All Black Cast Harlem movie, Paradise in Harlem that showcases the legenday blues singer, Mamie Smith.
The years 1942-1945 he joined Decca Records iconic artists, The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald as pianist and arranger. Doggett recorded many sessions with both artists for Decca Records.
Bill Doggett was Ella’s pianist and Music Director during this time period.
During the years 1946-47, Doggett shined as both pianist and composer on important sessions with Illinois Jacquet All Stars, The Lucky Thompson and Johnny Otis Orchestras recording for Apollo and Excelsior Records.
Check out the sidemen that Bill played with on these historic 1945-47 78rpms by clicking below.
Destiny and meteor like fame came to Bill Doggett when he joined Syd Nathan’s KING RECORDS headquartered in Cincinnati Ohio.
During the 1950s, Bill Doggett would become one of King Records most famous headliners and money making recording artists.
Bill Doggett had been Ella’s pianist and Music Director in the mid 1940s and during the years 1951-53 was responsible for keybig hits of Ella’s including the wonderful scat singing anthem, Smooth Sailing. Listen to Smooth Sailing below in the music player
In the early 1960s, in addition to his popular tours, Ella Fitzgerald, and Della Reese recorded albums showcasing Bill Doggett, the arranger.
Bill Doggett had been Ella’s pianist and Music Director in 1943 as well as frequent collaborator in 1944-1945 in which both Ella and Doggett recorded many sides for Decca
In the late 1960s, Doggett recorded with James Brown a classic Funk record for the King label titled, Honky Tonk Hot Popcorn. The record became a Funk classic bringing two of King Records’ most famous recording artists of the late 1950s-early 1960s together for the first time
=>The Bill Doggett Honky Tonk Story:KPOO-FM Radio
Listen to my Interview,February 21st, 2013 with Bill Doggett II<=