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I'm A Ding Dong Daddy

Johnny Johnson & His Orchestra

 

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Feat. Harry McDaniel

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This recording was made by the "Johnny Johnson Orchestra" in New York City on August 19th 1930 with personnel including Harry McDaniel vocals, and Johnny Johnson piano & director.

*"I'm a Ding Dong Daddy (from Dumas)" was composed by Phil Baxter.

Johnny Johnson was a pianist, organist, composer and conductor who started his career playing both piano and organ at area night clubs, while attending Indiana University. His first band job was with the Harry Yerkes Orchestra. In 1922 he formed his own band which was only mildly successful despite having some solid personnel such as Jack Teagarden, and for a short time Red Nichols. In 1926 he disbanded and joined "Ben Bernie's Lads" as a pianist. In the late 20s he organized another band, but success was not to be.

At the start of the 1930's, for financial reasons, he switched from semi-hot music to pop giving him a much greater opportunity to find work. Johnson disbanded for the last time in the early 40s and settled in New Jersey where he taught piano and organ while occasionally playing piano in local clubs.



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