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Buddy Johnson

The Buddy Johnson Orchestra was one of the most popular R&B based bands during the immediate post war years. Buddy was typical of many bandleaders of the time who often put entertainment ahead of art. By taking that route he enjoyed more hits than most of his contemporaries.

Woodrow Wilson Johnson was born in Darlington, South Carolina, on January of 1915. He took to music at an early age, becoming adept at the piano beginning at the age of five. As a teenager he was active in church and school groups arranging and producing musical presentations in the local community. By the time he was in his early twenties he headed for New York where he soon found work as a pianist with a traveling show called The Cotton Club Revue.

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Albums

The Band that Swings the Blues
The Band that Swings...
Culture Press
2000
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[no cover]
Jazz Archives...
Bizarre Planet Entertainment
1975
buy
[no cover]
Why Don't Cha Stop It
Bizarre Planet Entertainment
1957
buy
[no cover]
Bring It Home To Me /...
Bizarre Planet Entertainment
1956
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[no cover]
Doot Doot Dow
Bizarre Planet Entertainment
1956
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[no cover]
Buddy's Boogie / I'll...
Bizarre Planet Entertainment
1956
buy

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