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This Classics CD spotlights bandleader and organist Bill Doggett's earliest sessions for King Records. Recorded in New York and Cincinnati between January 1952 and December 1953, Doggett is joined by tenor saxophonist Percy France and drummer Shep Shepherd, who form the nucleus of this tight R&B combo, supported by a revolving door of guitarists and bassists. The majority of these pre-"Honky Tonk" obscure instrumentals are upbeat, with only the occasional foray into light cocktail jazz and bluesy ballads. Of special interest are the four vocal cuts featuring the debut of the powerfully husky-voiced Mildred Anderson on "Mistreater," "You Ain't No Good," "Your Kind of Woman," and her first hit, "No More in Life." Even Doggett takes a rare stab at singing on the pleasant "Please Don't Ever Let Me Go." This is another enjoyable installment in Classics' Blues & Rhythm Series and is recommended to collectors and casual fans alike.


Born: 16 February 1916 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

With his instrumental hit "Honky Tonk" in February 1956, Bill Doggett (born William Ballard Doggett) created one of rock's greatest instrumental tracks. Although it generated scores of offers to perform in rock & roll clubs throughout the United States, Doggett remained tied to the jazz and organ-based R&B that he had performed since the 1930s. Continuing to record for the Cincinnati-based King label until 1960, he went on to record for Warner Brothers, Columbia, ABC-Paramount and Sue. His last session...
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