The Bill Doggett Centennial 
February 16, 2016-February 15, 2017


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Honky Tonk Part 1
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The Bill Doggett Combo@1956
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Photo from Bill's mother's Photo Scrapbook:Winola Doggett, my grandmother

Celebrating Bill Doggett @ 100 years! 

The Bill Doggett Centennial

 February 16, 1916-February 16, 2016

Born William Ballard Doggett in North Philadelphia, Bill Doggett is one of Philadelphia's musical legends.

Remembered for his landmark  multi Gold Record hit,  Honky Tonk Parts  1 and 2 from 1956,  Bill Doggett was a major headliner at the dawn of Rock n Roll and  recording star for Syd Nathan's Cincinnati based record company, King Records.

King Records was also home to other legendary headliners including  Earl Bostic, Hank Ballard and The Midnighters, The Dominos, The Royals, The Platters, The Five Keys. The Swallows and the young James Brown and His Famous Flames showcased on King's Federal Records label

King Records is also historic as the nation's first integrated record company
Syd Nathan,an outspoken Jewish entrepreneur was very proud of and intentional in his social progressiveness at his record company.... decades ahead of the national pulse.   

Bill Doggett, Earl Bostic and James Brown were the trio of African American King recording artists who defined a label at the height of Segregation and at the dawn of The Civil Rights Movement of 1955-60.

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Courtesy of Blues and Rhythm Magazine, UK

Courtesy DIG Magazine from the Rock N Roll Archive of Bill Doggett II

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Opposition to Rock n Roll+Integration
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The Bill Doggett Centennial  is a project of his nephew and namesake, Bill Doggett II formally William Ballard Doggett II named by his father, Bill's younger brother, John N. Doggett Jr and mother, Frances Brown Doggett, both from North Philadelphia.  

My parents migrated from North Philadelphia to California while, Bill and my aunt Angelyn stayed based in Long Island, New York.   These historic photos are the official published photographs of The Doggett Family.

1957-Bill Doggett in LA with his younger brother, John and wife Frances and his little nephew, Bill Doggett II -photo bookends:Bill's niece Lorraine and nephew, John IIIThe Doggett Family:1960 Los Angeles bookended byThe Doggett Brothers: Bill and John Doggett

Bill Doggett II@2011 Comcast Newsmaker Interview, San Francisco,CA.

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@2016 A Project of Bill Doggett Productions LLC


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