Thus, piano-playing entertainers who could put over a song in a jocular way were valuable.
Our subject for today, though, is Putney Dandridge, who made a series of recordings in 1935-36 for Brunswick Records.He is well-known to only a few, I believe, and so I am doing something atypical for JAZZ LIVES and reprinting the detailed Wikipedia entry — more detailed than the Blessed John Chilton’s paragraph: Louis “Putney” Dandridge (January 13, 1902 – February 15, 1946) was an African American bandleader, jazz pianist and vocalist.In the early Thirties, with the coin-operated automatic phonograph a new and exciting phenomenon, Waller’s popularity was immense.But he was under contract to Victor Records, so the other labels looked for their own “Fats” to compete for public attention.The very talented women Lil Hardin Armstrong and Cleo Brown recorded for Decca, as did Bob Howard.
Willie the Lion Smith did his own recordings for that label.
In February 1931, Dandridge appeared in the cast of the musical revue Heatin’ Up Harlem, starring Adelaide Hall at the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem.
After touring in Illinois and the Great Lakes region, Dandridge settled in Cleveland, Ohio, forming his own band, which included guitarist Lonnie Johnson.
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Born in Richmond, Virginia, Dandridge began performing in 1918 as a pianist in the a revue entitled the Drake and Walker Show.