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Bill Doggett

Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3

Born: February 16, 1916 | Died: November 13, 1996    

Bill Doggett

William Ballard Doggett was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, a church pianist, introduced him to music when he was 9 years old. By the time he was 15, he had joined a Philadelphia area combo, playing local theaters and clubs while attending high school.

He later sold his band to Lucky Millinder, and worked during the 1930s and early 1940s for both Millinder and arranger Jimmy Mundy. In 1942 he was hired as The Ink Spots' pianist and arranger.

In 1949, he replaced Wild Bill Davis in Louis Jordan's Tympany Five. It was there that he first achieved success playing the Hammond organ and he is also reputed to have written one of Jordan's biggest hits, “Saturday Night Fish Fry”, for which Jordan claimed the writing credit....
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  • 28 Big Ones

    Birdology
    2000
  • The Right Choice

    Birdology
    1991
  • Mister Honky Tonk

    Birdology
    1980
  • All His Hits

    Birdology
    1977
  • Lionel Hampton Presents: Bill Doggett

    Birdology
    1977
  • Hold It

    Birdology
    1975
  • In A Sentimental Mood

    Birdology
    1971
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