Saturday, September 17 at 3:00 p.m.
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
800 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free & open to the public.
Bill Doggett, R&B pianist and organist, took America by storm in 1956 with his instrumental “Honky Tonk” which sold over four million copies, topped the Billboard R & B charts for two months, and went to Number 2 on the pop charts. Cash Box magazine gave him the award for best rhythm and blues performer in 1957, 1958, and 1959. His nephew, Bill Doggett II, will spotlight this musician’s career before and after his classic hit, which included working as a songwriter and arranger for such artists The Ink Spots, Johnny Otis, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Jordan. 2016 marks both the centennial of Bill Doggett’s birth and 60th anniversary of the recording of “Honky Tonk.”