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Bill Doggett
Bill Doggett (* 1916 in Philadelphia) began playing the piano at the age of 9. During the 30's, he was attrackted by the hot era of jazz, which let him found his own band in 1938. He toured together with Lucky Millinder. The 40's saw him with the group The Ink Spots, with Jimmy Rushing, Lucky Thompson, Illinois Jacquet, Willie Bryant and Louis Jordan.
 
It was not before the early 50's, Bill discovered the Hammond organ, influenced by Wild Bill Davis. Danny Adler says,"Doggett became a pioneer of the Hammond organ. ... no one did more to develop the big Hammond than Davis and Doggett until the advent of Jimmy Smith in 1955."
 
Bill led his own groups throughout the 60's, 70's and 80's. Also, he toured Europe several times, where he made recordings for Black & Blue. In November 1996, Bill Doggett passed away.
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Discography
The Complete Paul Quinichette On EmArcy
EmArcy 175J-5-6
released 1952
recorded October 1951 in New York/USA
Paul Quinichette, tenor sax
Bill Doggett, organ
Kenny Drew, piano
Freddie Green, guitar
Jimmy Lewis, bass
Gus Johnson, drums
When The Hands Of The Clock Pray At Midnight
Decca 28762
released 1953
recorded June 1953 in New York City/USA
Ella Fitzgerald, vocals
The Ray Charles Singers, vocals
Bill Doggett, organ
Taft Jordan, trumpet
Sandy Bloch, bass
Jimmy Crawford, drums
The Vice President
TRIP TLP-5542
released 1954
recorded October 1951 to July 1954 in New York City/USA
Paul Quinichette, tenor sax
Marshall Royal, alto sax
Ernie Wilkins, alto sax
Charlie Fowlkes, baritone sax, bass
Henry Coker, trombone
Dicky Wells, trombone
Buck Clayton, trumpet
Joe Newman, trumpet
Jerome Darr, guitar
Freddie Green, guitar
Count Basie, organ, piano
Bill Doggett, organ
Marlowe Morris, organ
Kenny Drew, piano
Bobby Tucker, piano
Milt Hinton, bass
Jimmy Lewis, bass
Al McKibbon, bass
Walter Page, bass
Gene Ramey, bass
Les Erskine, drums
Gus Johnson, drums
As You Desire Me
King 523
released 1956
Bill Doggett, organ
Billy Butler, guitar
Edwyn Conley, bass
Shep Shepherd, drums
Everybody Dance The Honky Tonk
King 531
released 1956
Bill Doggett, organ
and his combo
Moondust
King 502
released 1957
Bill Doggett, organ
Percy France, sax
Billy Butler, guitar
Shep Shepherd, drums
Hot Doggett
King 514
released 1957
Bill Doggett, organ
Percy France, tenor sax
Shep Shepherd, drums
Billy Butler, guitar
Dame Dreaming
King 532
released 1957
recorded December 1953 and December 1956 in Cincinatti/USA
Bill Doggett, organ
Percy France, tenor sax
Jerry Lane, guitar
Clarence Mack, bass
Shep Shepherd, drums
Clifford Scott, alto sax, tenor sax, flute
Billy Butler, guitar
Edwyn Conley, bass
Soft
King 5080
released 1957
Bill Doggett, organ
Clifford Scott, alto sax, tenor sax, flute
Candy Johnson, tenor sax
Billy Butler, guitar
Shep Shepherd, drums
Doggett Beat For Dancing Feet
King 557
released 1958
recorded December 1953 in Cincinatti/USA
May 1954 in Cincinatti/USA
January 1956 in New York/USA
December 1956 in Cincinatti/USA
February 1957 in New York/USA
May 1957 in New York/USA
July 1957 in Chicago/USA
Bill Doggett, organ
Percy France, tenor sax
Jerry Lane, guitar
Clarence Mack, bass
Shep Shepherd, drums
Clifford Scott, alto sax, tenor sax, flute
Billy Butler, guitar
Al Lucas, bass
Edwyn Conley, bass
Carl Pruitt, bass
Ray Barreto, percussion
Elwood Frazier, percussion
Leslie Johnakins, baritone sax
Abie Baker, bass
Thomas "Bean" Bowles, baritone sax
Johnny Pate, bass
Candle Glow
King 563
released 1958
Bill Doggett, organ
and his combo
The "5" Royales: Dedicated To You
King 580
released 1958
Lowman Pauling, vocals, guitar
Eugene Tanner, vocals
Clarence Paul, vocals
Windsor King, vocals
John Tanner, vocals
Ray Felder, tenor saxophone
Percy France, tenor saxophone
Billy Butler, guitar
Bill Doggett, organ
Edwyn Conley, bass
Shep Shepherd, drums
Dance Awhile
King 585
released 1958
Bill Doggett, organ
Big City Dance Party
King KS-641
released 1959
Bill Doggett, organ
and his combo
For Reminiscent Lovers
King 706
released 1960

Bill Doggett, organ
The Many Moods Of Bill Doggett
King 778
released 1960
Bill Doggett, organ
Clifford Scott, tenor sax
Percy France, tenor sax
Mildred Anderson, vocals
Mickey Baker, guitar
Billy Butler, guitar
John Raire, guitar
Edwin Conley, bass
Shep Shepherd, drums
Tommy Brown, backing vocals
The Band With The Beat!
Warner Bros. W1421
released 1961

Bill Doggett, organ
and his combo
Oops!
Columbia 1814
released 1962

Bill Doggett, organ
and his combo
Prelude To The Blues
Columbia 1942
released 1962

Bill Doggett, organ
and his combo
details unknown
Fingertips
Columbia 2082
released 1963
Bill Doggett, organ
and his combo
details unknown
The Best Of Bill Doggett
King 908
released 1964
Bill Doggett, organ
and his combo
Wow!
ABC-Paramount ABCS-507
released 1965
recorded October/November 1964 in USA
Bill Doggett, organ
Elvin Shepard, alto sax, tenor sax
Billy Butler, guitar
Lamar McDaniels, guitar
Andrew Ennis, tenor sax, baritone sax
Honky Tonk A-La-Mod
Roulette SR-25330
released 1966
Bill Doggett, organ
and his combo
Della Reese Live
Jasmine JAS 1516
released 1966
recorded May 1966 in Hollywood, CA/USA
Della Reese, vocals
Bobby Bryant, trumpet
Bill Doggett, organ
Gerald Wiggins, piano
Ray Brown, bass
Herb Ellis, guitar
Shelly Manne, drums
Jumping & Swinging
Polydor 623 238
released 1967

Bill Doggett, organ
and his orchestra
Honky Tonk Organ
Harmony HS 11237
released 1967
compilation
Bill Doggett, organ
and his combo
Honky Tonk Popcorn
King KS-1078
reissue 2012 BGP Records CDBGPD 249
released 1969
recorded in Cincinnati, OH/USA
Bill Doggett, organ
and his combo
All His Hits
King - Bellaphon BID 8009
released 1977
recorded 1952 - 1961 in USA
Bill Doggett, organ
details unknown
I Wish You Love
Tobacco Road B 2674
released 1977
compilation
Bill Doggett, organ
Larry Troit, bass
Howard Overton, drums
Sam Turner, conga
Larry Luger, guitar
Lionel Hampton, vibes
Norris Turney, alto sax
Charles Williams, alto sax
David Brooks, tenor sax
I Don't Know Much About Love
Black & Blue 33029
released 1977
reissued with additional tracks as Black & Blue 59029.2
recorded May 1971 in France
Bill Doggett, organ
Billy Martin, tenor sax
Benny Goodwin, guitar, vocal
Walter McMahan, bass
Kenny Clayton, drums
Toni Williams, vocal
Lionel Hampton presents Bill Doggett
CLEO CLCD 5015
released 1977
recorded 1977
Lionel Hampton, vibes
Bill Doggett, organ
further details unknown
Midnight Slows Vol. 9
Black & Blue 33145
released 1978
reissued as "Am I Blue" on Blues Ref BB 468-2
recorded July 1978 in Paris/France
Bill Doggett, organ
David "Bubba" Brooks, tenor sax
Pete Mays, guitar
Larry Trott, bass
Howard Overton, drums
Midnight Slows Vol. 10
Black & Blue 33160
released 1979
recorded July 1978 in Paris/France
Bill Doggett, organ
Eddie Lockjaw Davis, tenor sax
Pete Mays, guitar
Major Holley, bass
J.C. Heard, drums
Mister Honky Tonk
Black & Blue 33562
released 1980
recorded May 1980 in Paris/France
Bill Doggett, organ
David "Bubba" Brooks, tenor sax
David Hill jr, guitar
John Moody, bass
Oscar Joseph, drums
Toni Williams, vocal
Gon' Doggett
Charly CRB 1094
released 1985
recorded March 1955 in Cincinatti/USA
June 1956 in New York/USA
October 1956 in Cincinatti/USA
December 1956 in Cincinatti/USA
June 1958 in Cincinatti/USA
September 1958 in New York/USA
April 1959 in Cincinatti/USA
August 1959 in Cincinatti/USA
May 1960 in Cincinatti/USA
Bill Doggett, organ
Frank Heppinstall, tenor sax
Billy Butler, guitar
Jimmy Glover, bass
Shep Shepherd, drums
Clifford Scott, tenor sax
Carl Pruitt, bass
John Faire, guitar
Edwyn Conley, bass
Tommy Brown, maracas, claves
Bill Jennings, guitar
Lawrence Lofton, trombone
Floys "Candy" Johnson, tenor sax
Glenn Childres, trombone
Ray Felder, tenor sax
Calvin Shields, drums
Osborne Whitfield, flute
Bill Willis, bass
Alvin Johnson, drums
The Right Choice
After Hours AFT 4112
released 1991
recorded May 1991 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Bill Doggett, organ
Eddie Preston, trumpet
Bubba Brooks, tenor sax
Howard Kimbo, tenor sax
Jimmy Cozier, alto sax
Bill Easley, alto sax
Heywood Henry, baritone sax
Dennis Wilson, trombone
George Naha, guitar
Gregory Townson, guitar
Bernard Purdie, drums
Leonard Gaskin, bass
Leaps And Bounds
Charly 281
released 1991
compilation
Bill Doggett, organ
no further details known
Bluesiana Hurricane
Shanachie 5014
released 1995
recorded March 1995 in Bronxville, NY/USA
Rufus Thomas, vocals
Bill Doggett, Hammond B-3 organ
Chuck Rainey, bass
Lester Bowie, trumpet
Bobby Watson, sax
Will Calhoun, drums
Sue Foley, guitar
Peter Nardone, piano
Peter Beckerman, percussion
Gil Parris, guitar
Joe Ferry, guitar
Doug Monro, guitar
Everyday, I Have The Blues
Black And Blue BB 911.2
recorded May 1971 in Hérouville/France
Bill Doggett, organ
Billy Martin, tenor sax
Benny Goodwin, guitar, vocals
Walter McMahan, bass
Kenny Clayton, drums
Toni Williams, vocals
Bill's Honky Tonk
Jazz Time Records 8152
recorded August 1977
Bill Doggett, organ, piano
Lionel Hampton, vibes
Charles Williams, alto sax
Norris Turney, alto sax
David Brooks, tenor sax
Larry Luger, guitar
Larry Troit, bass
Howard Overton, drums
Sam Turner, congas
The EP collection
See For Miles Records SEECD 689
compilation
Bill Doggett, organ
no further details known
Jazz Cafe Presents Bill Doggett
Double Gold Music
recorded August 1977 in New York City/USA
Bill Doggett, organ
no further details known
The Chronological Bill Doggett 1952-1953
Classics CLASSICS 5097
compilation
Bill Dogget, organ
Mildred Anderson, vocals
and his combo
The Chronological Bill Doggett 1954
Classics CLASSICS 5175
compilation
Bill Dogget, organ
Irving "Skinny" Brown, tenor sax
Slide Hampton, trombone
Russell Hampton, trumpet
Clifford Bush, guitar
Harold Harris, guitar
Clarence Mack, bass
Edwyn Conley, bass
Berisford "Shep" Shepherd, drums
Val Martinez, vocals
The Henry Glover Story Vol. 2 1951-1961
Rhythm and Blues Records RANDB021
compilation
Henry Glover, trumpet
Doc Bagby, organ
Bill Doggett, organ
Ernie Hayes, organ
various artists
In A Mellow Tone
SoundWorks
compilation
Bill Doggett, organ
no further details known
Dancing With Bill Doggett
Jasmine Records JASMCD 3142
tracks 01 to 13: singles between 1955 and 1960
tracks 14 to 24: "3,046 People Dances 'til 4 a.m. To Bill Doggett And His Combo" (live), LP Warner Bros. W1404
Bill Dogget, organ
and his combo
My Blue Christmas
Joyful Records
compilation
Bill Dogget, organ
no further details known

 
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