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Teddy Brannon


A single-minded perception the nickname “Teddy” comes just from “Theodore” has maybe put into the shroud of obscurity surrounding a musician who, like many, should be better known. Humphrey “Teddy” Brannon, growing into NJ from the wilds of Moultrie, GA, became an excellent pianist, playing in tempo sections where there were users whose titles would make the editors of jazz publications drool. He was also vital that you the doo wop picture, both composing and organizing numbers for a number of hit organizations. Brannon’s cousin, Babs Gonzales, do become somewhat popular, mostly to be a weirdo. Therefore Brannon’s obscurity could appear unfair, yet once the subject matter is definitely jazz pianists it’s the sheer quantity to select from that contributes significantly to what occasionally seems like an enormous discard heap. Taking into consideration this, the actual fact that Humphrey Brannon and Teddy Brannon tend to be considered two differing people actually doubles his issue, cloning him into not only one obscure pianist but two. Discographer Tom Lord was also fooled, list six documenting sessions for the Humphrey Ted Brannon and a lot more than 50 for Teddy Brannon, all this activity occurring between your early ’40s and early ’60s. The pianist performed from age nine, noodling his method into regional dance rings in senior high school and gigging in Newark nightclubs between 1937 and 1942, occasionally leading the groupings. From then on he visited work with Benny Carter for 3 years, after that gigged over the 52nd Road scene in NEW YORK. Within the ’50s some credits with main jazz stars starts, a lot of whom have been impressed with Brannon’s achievements being a bandleader within the last many years of the prior decade. His shows with Don Byas, Roy Eldridge, Pal Wealthy, Bennie Green, and Johnny Hodges signify superb jazz out of this period, swinging hard and nibbling at bebop. The pianist implemented his affiliation using the outstanding Hodges by spending years tossing chord adjustments on the hard-charging Illinois Jacquet. For the time being he was spending increasingly more time in documenting studios assembling materials for vocal groupings like the Blenders. Brannon supported performers Dinah Washington, Ruth Dark brown, Billie Vacation, and obviously, his cousin. The amusing Gonzales track caution everyone to “View Them Resolutions” features Brannon on body organ; his curiosity about key pad alternatives also expanded towards the celeste.

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Full Name Teddy Brannon
Died February 24, 1989, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Music Songs Everybody Get Together, Don Newcomb Really Throws That Ball, Mixon With Dixon, Yard Dog, Roy’s Riff, Little Jazz, Ain't No Flies on Me, Feeling a Draft, I'd Love Him So, Don’t Blame Me, It Don't Mean a Thing, Baby, What's the Matter With You, I Still Love Him So, Jumbo the Elephant, Echoes of Harlem, The Man I Love, When Your Lover Has Gone, I Can’t Get Started, Dale’s Wail, Somebody Loves Me, When It’s Sleepy Time Down South, King David, Hollywood Pastime, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Tu Disais Que Tu M’Amais, Willow, Weep for Me, Undecided, Rockin’ Chair, Sweet Georgia Brown, Love for Sale, Oscar’s Arrangement, Yard You

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1 He was considered for the role of Tom Hagen in The Godfather (1972) before Robert Duvall was cast.
2 He made guest appearances on both of the longest running prime time dramas in US television history: Gunsmoke (1955) and Law & Order (1990).
3 Served a hitch in the US Army as a Military Policeman.
4 Best known as architect David Vincent in the 1960s cult television series, The Invaders (1967). He appeared in a mini-series remake of that series, The Invaders (1995), also in the role of David Vincent.
5 Was originally hired to play Arthur Adamson in Alfred Hitchcock's final film, Family Plot (1976), but Hitchcock had always wanted William Devane for the part. Devane was originally unavailable, so Hitchcock began filming with Thinnes in the role. When Devane became suddenly available one month into filming, Hitchcock unceremoniously fired Thinnes without explanation and replaced him with Devane (Hitchcock later claimed he was dissatisfied with Thinnes' performance). The way Hitchcock handled the firing led to a famously public confrontation between the two men in a crowded Chasen's Restaurant. Thinnes can be seen in several publicity stills from the production, but no footage apparently exists.



Satan's School for Girls 1973 TV Movie Clampett
Charley-One-Eye 1973 The Indian
The Norliss Tapes 1973 TV Movie David Norliss
The Horror at 37,000 Feet 1973 TV Movie Alan O'Neill
The Manhunter 1972 TV Movie David Farrow
Black Noon 1971 TV Movie Reverend John Keyes
The Psychiatrist 1970-1971 TV Series Dr. James Whitman
The Other Man 1970 TV Movie Johnny Brant
Journey to the Far Side of the Sun 1969 Colonel Glenn Ross
The Invaders 1967-1968 TV Series David Vincent
The Fugitive 1966 TV Series Carl Crandall
12 O'Clock High 1965-1966 TV Series Capt. Paul Pridie / Maj. Jake Hays
The F.B.I. 1966 TV Series Larry Drake
The Long, Hot Summer 1965-1966 TV Series Ben Quick
General Hospital 1963-1965 TV Series Dr. Phil Brewer
The Reporter 1964 TV Series Detective Lieutenant Lee Roberts Roberts
Gunsmoke 1962-1963 TV Series Ab Singleton / Harry
Death Valley Days 1963 TV Series Jim
The Eleventh Hour 1963 TV Series David Dunlear
The Untouchables 1962-1963 TV Series Red Thomas / Denny Brannon
Ripcord 1963 TV Series Radioman
The FBI Story 1959 Party Guest (uncredited)
Steve Canyon 1959 TV Series Officer Weber
Peter Gunn 1958 TV Series Roy Davidson
Cavalcade of America 1957 TV Series Mickey Hubbard
Broken English 2007 Peter Andrews
Spectropia 2006 Franklin DeMott
Undone 2006
Conviction 2006 TV Series Ralph Hanlon
The Eyes of Van Gogh 2005 Dr. Peyron
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 TV Series Curtis Johansen
Oz 2002 TV Series Leader of Aryan Brotherhood
A Beautiful Mind 2001 Governor
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2001 TV Series Sheridan Beckworth
The X-Files 1996-2001 TV Series Jeremiah Smith
Bar Hopping 2000 TV Movie Man with Cassandra
D.C. 2000 TV Series Fred Hamilton
The Sopranos 2000 TV Series Dr. Baumgartner
Law & Order 1990-1999 TV Series Mr. Kushner / Victor Panatti / D.A. Alfred Wentworth
Players 1997 TV Series Logan Cates
Touched by an Angel 1996 TV Series Senator Guy Hammond
Poltergeist: The Legacy 1996 TV Series Clayton Wallace
Terminal 1996 TV Movie John Cabot
The Invaders 1995 TV Series David Vincent
Walker, Texas Ranger 1995 TV Series Colonel Dayton
Stormy Weathers 1992 TV Movie Andrew Chase
FBI: The Untold Stories 1992 TV Series Agent Jim Theisen
Lady Against the Odds 1992 TV Movie P.L. Storrs
P.S.I. Luv U 1991 TV Series Larry Benton
Dark Shadows 1991 TV Series Roger Collins Rev. Trask Reverend Trask
Murder, She Wrote 1985-1991 TV Series J. K. Davern / Sheriff Howard Landry / Lt. Ted Misko
An Inconvenient Woman 1991 TV Mini-Series Sims Lord
War of the Worlds 1990 TV Series Van Order
Blue Bayou 1990 TV Movie Barry Fontenot
Dark Holiday 1989 TV Movie Jimmy
Rush Week 1989 Dean Grail
Mind Benders 1987 Principal Borden
The Law and Harry McGraw 1987 TV Series George Bellamy
1st & Ten: The Championship 1987 TV Series Teddy
Highway to Heaven 1986 TV Series Howard Sellers
One Life to Live 1984 TV Series Alex Crown
The Love Boat 1984 TV Series Buzz McLaine
Hotel 1984 TV Series John White
Falcon Crest 1982-1983 TV Series Nick Hogan
Sizzle 1981 TV Movie Wheeler
Scruples 1981 TV Movie Hall
Freedom 1981 TV Movie Michael
From Here to Eternity 1980 TV Series Major Dana Holmes
Stone 1979 TV Movie Detective Cliff Bell
Stone 1979 TV Series
The Return of Mod Squad 1979 TV Movie Dan
Supertrain 1979 TV Series William Phillips / Eddy Barnes
From Here to Eternity 1979 TV Mini-Series Capt. Dana Holmes
Battlestar Galactica 1978 TV Series Croft
Code Name: Diamond Head 1977 TV Movie Johnny Paul
Secrets 1977 TV Movie Herb Fleming
Tales of the Unexpected 1977 TV Mini-Series Frank Harris
The Hindenburg 1975 Martin Vogel
Airport 1975 1974 Urias
Death Race 1973 TV Movie Arnold McMillan



The Green Girl 2014 Documentary Himself
Intimate Portrait 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
One Life to Live 2002 TV Series Himself
Trivia Trap 1985 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Timeshift 2006 TV Series documentary Colonel Glenn Ross
Daytime's Greatest Weddings 2004 Video documentary Sloan Carpenter
The Making of 'Midway' 2001 Video documentary short Urias (scene from "Airport 1975")
The Visionary 1990 Video Dr. James Whitman

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966 Gold Medal Photoplay Awards Most Promising New Star (Male)

The Invaders (1967) $7,500 /week

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