Bill Doggett

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Eligible since: 1977 (The 1978 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Bill Doggett be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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MAYBE as a Side-Man, but not as a Performer.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 05.9.09 @ 18:50pm

I think his closest association with rock was when he played with Louis Jordan. He was primarily a jazz player, I think...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 05.9.09 @ 18:56pm

Honky Tonk was a HUGE record on the R&B charts in '56, and a #2 hit on the Pop charts. One of the first rock'n'roll instrumentals. That record would be the major reason he'd get any consideration.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 05.9.09 @ 19:14pm

Philip...I wasn't aware that he played on that song. Didn't Cornell Dupree do some of the guitar work?

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 05.9.09 @ 19:45pm

Couldn't say for certain. I just know that Bill Doggett is the artist of credit on that one.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 05.9.09 @ 19:48pm

Philip...I listened to the original recording and that was Cornell Dupree on guitar. He's definitely an artist to give a listen to if you ever get a chance.

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 05.9.09 @ 21:10pm

Doggett's main instrument was organ. I imagine he's responsible for the pumping, rhythmic organ line you can hear if you listen closely. He probably also wrote and arranged the composition... well, he co-wrote it with another guy... not Cornell Dupree though.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 05.9.09 @ 21:17pm

Philip...It was nice to think about that song again...great song, thanks for jogging my memory. I started thinking about other instrumentals from back in the day that I enjoyed, and listened to "Summer Samba" by Walter Waverly and "Baja" by the Astronauts...2 songs I haven't heard in like forever...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 05.9.09 @ 21:31pm

It's what I do... Although, imo, the first superstars of rock'n'roll instrumentalism were Johnny And The Hurricanes, another underappreciated and underrated group. I've got a 31 track anthology on them, and let me tell you... when you get past the rock adaptations of standards and check out the other songs, you find some really great stuff. And even the updated standards are really good too.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 05.9.09 @ 21:49pm mother had the single to "Red River Rock" (I'm fortunate to have parents who were big early rock fans...the music was everywhere when I was growing up), I can't remember the last time I heard it. Do you remember "The Happy Organ" by Dave "Baby" Cortez?

As Cheesecrop would probably say..."There's nothing better than a "happy organ"...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 08:34am

There's a couple of other instrumentals from around thet time that I haven't heard in a while....

"Apache" by Dennis Coffey
"Raunchy" by Bill Justis

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 08:46am

A Happy Organ?



Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 09:51am

Love The Happy Organ. Amazing playing on that thing. Also another great instrumental to just ponder while you listen to it is Preston Epps' "Bongo Rock."

But my comment about Johnny And The Hurricanes wasn't to say that there weren't rock'n'roll instrumentals out, but more that they were one of the first groups who WEREN'T studio musicians or executives. I'm not 100% certain, but I believe Bill Justus was a producer already; Bill Doggett was a writer and studio musician as well as having been in the Tympani Five; Bernie Lowe was the founder of Cameo and Parkway records. The only non-studio rock'n'roll group that was before Johnny And The Hurricanes that I can think of was the Champs. Though I'm probably gonna kick myself when you bring up others now that I can't remember at the moment.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 09:59am

We would amiss if we left out "Yakety Sax" by Boots Randolph or "Rebel Rouser" by Duane Eddy.

Do you think I traumatized Cheesecrop with the "Happy Organ" thing...????

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 10:16am

We would BE amiss...sorry!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 10:17am

Philip...if Johnny & the Hurricanes weren't the first dedicated instrumental rock band, they had to be pretty close....

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 10:22am

Gaaa... there you go. I completely forgot about Duane Eddy. A freakin' superstar no less. Though he's a soloist, not a group. Still, if he was a rattlesnake, he'd have bit me.

What I find so awesome about Johnny And The Hurricanes though is that on paper it just seemed so barebones: one drummer, one saxophonist, one organist, one bassist, one guitarist. And their sound was just so full and powerful. A little bit of echo can do that, but even on songs like "Time Bomb" and "Rockin' T", it's just so full.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 10:30am

Site Administrator -

What is the limit for what we can say? How many lines can we write before the spam message comes up?

I like to skip lines so that it is easier to read - no need to strain everyones eyeballs anymore than they probably are now. Sometimes I try to guess how much to write so I can avoid the spam messages, but when I go to continue on a second post I still get nailed...

Please leave a public statement and repeat it once or twice to let us know how far we can go before we must cut off. Thank you.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 10:43am

There's actually some really good instrumental suggestions on this page, I'll add the following:

"Joy" by Apollo 100
"Classical Gas" by Mason Williams
"Wild Weekend" by the Rockin' Rebels
"Twilight City" by the Vulcanes

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 11.10.11 @ 13:48pm

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