Prominent Artist Found in Lost Historic Collection

Lefty Bates (March 9, 1920 – April 7, 2007)[2] was an American Chicago blues guitarist. He led the Lefty Bates Combo and worked with the El Dorados, the Flamingos, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Etta James, the Aristo-Kats, the Hi-De-Ho Boys, the Moroccos, and the Impressions.[2] A regular on the Chicago blues scene, his major work was as a session musician on a multitude of recordings made in the 1950s and 1960s.[1]


Autographed to Bobby and Elnorah Williamson, Harsh Collection; Lefty Bates Trio 1952 Lefty Bates and his Band

  The Australian Jazz Quartet, also known as the Australian Jazz Quintet, was a jazz group active in the 1950s, best known for collaborations with Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan and Carmen McRae.

Active years 1954-1958
 Autographed Photo n.d. Harsh Collection

Brook Benton, born Benjamin Franklin Peay, (September 19, 1931 – April 9, 1988) was an American singer and songwriter who was popular with rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and pop music audiences during the late 1950s and early 1960s.


Autographed Brook Benton, Harsh Collection

Brook Benton~Rainy Night in Georgia~


Fats Domino (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) was an American singer and pianist. Fats Domino was a rhythm-and-blues star who became one of the first rock-and-roll stars and who helped define the New Orleans sound.

Fats Domino was born Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. on February 26, 1928, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He began performing in clubs in his teens and in 1949 was discovered by Dave Bartholomew, who became Domino’s exclusive arranger. His first recording, “The Fat Man” (1949), was one of a series of rhythm-and-blues hits that sold 500,000 to 1,000,000 copies. He sold more than 65 million records, Fats Domino was one of the pioneers of rock and roll music and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.


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William Ballard Doggett- (February 16, 1916 – November 13, 1996) was an American jazz and rhythm and blues pianist and organist. He is best known for his compositions “Honky Tonk” and “Hippy Dippy”, and variously working with the Ink Spots, Johnny Otis, Wynonie Harris, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Jordan.

Bill Doggett 1956 Honky Tonk


Herman “Junior” Parker (March 27, 1932 – November 18, 1971) was born
Near Bobo, Coahoma County, Mississippi.  He was an American Memphis blues singer and musician. He is best remembered for his unique voice, which has been described as “honeyed” and “velvet-smooth”. One music journalist noted, “For years Junior Parker deserted down home harmonica blues for uptown blues-soul music”.  In 2001, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. (Wikipedia)


Junior Parker


One thought on “Prominent Artist Found in Lost Historic Collection

  1. This is a very well put together site Lisa, I love the old school feel on it. Reminds me of my grandparents <3<3 and the song is beautiful Great job!! The page is very warm and insightful.


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