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101 YEARS OLD TODAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017


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NEW FROM LONDON'S  BLUES&RHYTHM MAGAZINE
MARCH  2017 issue


NEW...FROM RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE, USA
FEBRUARY 2017 ISSUE


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 DOGGETT KILLS 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


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ELLA SINGS Doggett Arranged Runnin Wild with added "I Love Lucy" conga rhythms
1963 TV Show







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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 by the gifted filmographer, Andy Kimmel 

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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
Wild Bill Davis with Louis Jordan Tympany 5
Wild Bill Davis, Bill Doggett organ MENTOR on Hammond B2 circa 1950













 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.


From Lucky Millinder SOUNDIE with Sister Rosetta Tharpe


Bill Doggett became pianist/arranger with The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald


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.
Honky Tonk Parts 1 and 2 recorded in June 1956 would become a stratospheric HIT for both Bill Doggett and King Records selling more than 4 million copies.



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<=
























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The fabulous Filmography seen above was created by Andy Kimmel, a Los Angeles based Filmographer.

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February  16,  1916-February 15, 2017 



SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2016

THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF

HONKY TONK PARTS 1&2,  

A KING RECORDS, CINCINNATI "HIT FACTORY" MEGA HIT
BILL DOGGETT II presents 

 A MULTI MEDIA CELEBRATION FOR
THE 73RD ANNIVERSARY OF KING RECORDS AND 
THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF HONKY TONK, 9/17 
 CINCINNATI OHIO MAIN LIBRARY




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THE DAWN OF ROCK  N ROLL 
1954 
THE TRENIERS  HELPED OPEN THE DOOR
FOR BILL DOGGETT, CHUCK BERRY, BO DIDDLEY, FATS DOMINO
Enjoy this 1954 TV GEM









Bill Doggett II is the namesake and nephew, son of Bill Doggett's younger brother, John Nelson Doggett Jr and his first wife, Frances Brown Doggett.
 
Doggett II on Comcast Newsmakers June 2011 for Underground Railroad Exhibition promo
Arts packaging and promotion is instinctive to the younger Bill Doggett with its roots sourced in a 1985 pitched V.S.O.P project for a 1950s R&B reunion at Los Angeles' Greek Theater that was to pair his uncle Bill Doggett, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. This V.S.O.P event was pitched as a 30th anniversary celebration of Black Rock N Roll, recalling the glory years of 1956-58: the years of Honky Tonk, Kansas City, Roll Over Beethoven,Sixteen Tons, Blueberry Hill, Tutti Frutti.
 
 
Bill Doggett II  has a deep knowledge of African American performing arts history, jazz history and  music repertoire  that embellishes  his skill as a strategic marketing and branding consultant.   Learn more about his work on the link Lecture Series&Archive

The Doggett Family@1960 Los Angeles l-r: father: Rev. John Nelson Doggett, mother:Frances, sister:Lorraine, Grandmother[maternal]Carrie Brown, front:William Ballard Doggett II, brother:John Nelson III, Grandparents[paternal]John Nelson Sr and wife Winola Ballard, Aunt: Angelyn and uncle: William Ballard Doggett
This historic photo is bookended by The Doggett Brothers:John and Bill,both musicians-respectively:tenor sax/flute ~ piano/Hammond organ/arranger[Ella Fitzgerald,Della Reese]
Doggett family genealogy @my mother Frances Doggett: Philadelphia based/rooted: Maternal Grandmother: Carrie Clarke Brown of the Richmond Virginia Clarke family,Paternal Grandparents: John Nelson Sr, Philadelphia, Winola Ballard of Georgetown, Washington DC.*Not pictured: My maternal grandfather, Randloph Brown[deceased] of Newport News, Virginia

Los Angeles circa Spring 1960- Open House 1809 Virginia Road
3 Generations of John Doggetts
First Row L-R: Angelyn Doggett, seated: Winola Doggett, John N Doggett Sr,-parents of Bill and Rev. John N Doggett Jr, Carolyn Clarke Brown-my grandmother and Frances Brown Doggett, my mother

Back Row: L-R  Bill Doggett, jazz organist
John N Doggett III-nephew, John N Doggett Jr, Bill Doggett's younger brother, my father 




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