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Teddy Wilson


Teddy Wilson was the definitive golf swing pianist, a good and impeccable soloist whose clean and steady design was even more accessible to everyone than Earl Hines or Artwork Tatum. He found early experience using Rate Webb in 1929 and showing up on some Louis Armstrong recordings in 1933. Found out by John Hammond, Willie became a member of Benny Carter’s music group and recorded using the Chocolate Dandies later on that yr. In 1935, he started leading some traditional small-group recordings with golf swing all-stars which on many events featured Billie Vacation. Which was also the entire year that an casual jam program with Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa led to the forming of the Benny Goodman Trio (Lionel Hampton produced the group a quartet the next yr). Although he was a particular added attraction rather than regular person in the orchestra, Wilson’s general public looks with Goodman broke essential ground within the very long struggle against segregation. Between his personal times, many recordings with Benny Goodman’s little organizations and some piano solos, Teddy Wilson documented a lot of gems through the second fifty percent of the 1930s. He remaining B.G. in 1939 to create his have big strap but, despite some okay information, it folded in 1940. Wilson led a sextet at Cafe Culture during 1940-1944, trained music at Juilliard through the summers of 1945-1952, made an appearance on radio displays, and recorded frequently having a trio, like a soloist along with pick-up organizations in addition to presenting periodic reunions with Goodman. Teddy Wilson’s design never transformed, and he performed virtually identical in 1985 to how he sounded in 1935; regardless of, the excitement and solid feeling of swing had been present until the end.

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Full Name Teddy Wilson
Died July 31, 1986, New Britain, Connecticut, United States
Profession Jazz Pianist
Education Tuskegee University
Nationality American
Spouse Joan Pringle
Music Groups Metronome All-Stars
Music Songs Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, After You've Gone, These Foolish Things, Blues in C Sharp Minor, Air Mail Special, Fine and Dandy, Runnin' Wild, You Came to My Rescue, Why Shouldn't I, Blues For The Oldest Profession, Just a Mood, More Than You Know, Jumpin' for Joy, My Melancholy Baby, Wham, But Not for Me, Blues For Thomas Waller, If Dreams Come True, China Boy, Teddy Wilson - Body and Soul, Sunny Morning, Moonlight On The Ganges, Strange Interlude, I Know That You Know, My Heart Stood Still, Moon Ray, Ain’t Misbehavin’, I've Got the World on a String, Stomping at the Savoy, Don't Be That Way, Poor Butterfly, Honeysuckle Rose
Albums Intimate Listening, For Quiet Lovers, The Impeccable Mr. Wilson, Revisits The Goodman Years, The Creative Teddy Wilson, Solo Piano (Keystone Transcriptions), Ben & Teddy, Swedish Jazz My Way & Jazz A Confronto, Teddy Wilson & His All-Stars, Prez & Teddy - The Great Recordings, The Noble Art Of Teddy Wilson, Nearly Invisible, He Ain't Got Rhythm - Vol. 2, Jazz Chronicles: Teddy Wilson, Vol. 3, Complete Jazz Series 1939, Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra Selected Favorites Volume 10, All My Life, Gentlemanly Music, Don't Blame Me Vol 2, Swing Gold Collection (Teddy Wilson Vol.3 1937), The Benny Goodman Story, Vol. 2, Swing Gold Collection (Teddy Wilson Vol.2 1936), I Can't Get Started, If Dreams Come True, True Jazz (Mono Version) [feat. Al Hall, Remo Palmieri, Specs Powell, America All Stars], Teddy Wilson, Vol. 8, Complete Jazz Series 1939 - 1941, The Quintessence Teddy Wilson New York-Chicago 1933-1950, It's Too Hot for Words, Solo Teddy Wilson Big Band, Blues For Thomas Waller, Swing Time - The Encyclopedia of Jazz, Vol. 71, Two Good Men, Complete Jazz Series 1946, My Blue Heaven, Jazz Foundations, Vol. 71, The Teddy Wilson Trio, Teddy Wilson and his Sextet, 1937-1944 (Remastered), Teddy Wilson Selected Favorites, Vol. 1, Partners In Jazz, Swing Gold Collection (Teddy Wilson Vol.4 1937), Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra's There's A Lull In My Life, Teddy Wilson Selected Favorites, Vol. 2, Aspire, Just for the Blues, These Foolish Things, Alone, Don't Blame Me Vol 3, Teddy Wilson & Bengt Hallberg, Rosetta, Giants of Jazz, Vol. 2
Movies Boogie-Woogie Dream, The Benny Goodman Story
TV Shows The Circuit, InnerSPACE, Never Ever Do This at Home, InnerSpace: After The Black

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1 Making his film debut with Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970), he was featured in a couple of "blaxploitation" films during the 1970s, including Cleopatra Jones (1973) and Black Eye (1974).
2 Met lovely actress and future wife Joan Pringle on the set of That's My Mama (1974) when she replaced Lynne Moody in the role of Clifton Davis' sister Tracy during the 1975 season.
3 Mustachioed black character actor best known for his comedic support in ethnic sitcoms, most notably Clifton Davis' big-talking buddy, Earl the postman, on That's My Mama (1974), always looking for a quick, money-making scheme.



Blood In, Blood Out 1993 Wallace
The Vagrant 1992 X-Rays
A Fond Little Memory 1991 Short
Life Stinks 1991 Fumes
Wings 1991 TV Series John
Penny Ante: The Motion Picture 1990 Willie
The New Adam-12 1990 TV Series Street Artist
Quantum Leap 1990 TV Series Ernie Tyler / Jimmy Grady
Genuine Risk 1990 Billy
Gabriel's Fire 1990 TV Series Deacon Martin Jones
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1990 TV Series Joe
Beauty and the Beast 1990 TV Series Raymond Ensign
Tales from the Crypt 1990 TV Series Clyde
Family Matters 1990 TV Series Captain Casper Davenport
Dallas 1989-1990 TV Series Clem
The Munsters Today 1989 TV Series Louis
Alien Nation 1989 TV Series Dr. Roscoe Brennan
Midnight Caller 1989 TV Series Quinton Oliver
Sweet Bird of Youth 1989 TV Movie Fly (as Theodore Wilson)
Kiss Shot 1989 TV Movie Billy Tatum
Mama's Family 1989 TV Series Gus
Behind God's Back 1989 Short Lulu's Man
L.A. Law 1989 TV Series Jerome Seely
Annie McGuire 1988 TV Series Jordan
The Golden Girls 1986-1988 TV Series Ben / Albert
You Can't Take It with You 1987-1988 TV Series Durwood M. Pinner
Maid to Order 1987 Woodrow (as Theodore Wilson)
Gimme a Break! 1984-1987 TV Series Rev. George Dixon / Club Owner
Cagney & Lacey 1987 TV Series Judge Charnas
The New Mike Hammer 1987 TV Series Booker
Easy Street 1986 TV Series Jackie
That's Life! 1986 Corey (as Theodore Wilson)
A Fine Mess 1986 Covington (as Theodore Wilson)
Stewardess School 1986 Probation Officer (as Theodore Wilson)
Big Trouble 1986 Porter
The Redd Foxx Show 1986 TV Series Jim-Jam
Hardcastle and McCormick 1986 TV Series
227 1986 TV Series Cousin Ray
Crazy Like a Fox 1985 TV Series Eddie
The Twilight Zone 1985 TV Series Henderson (segment "Night of the Meek")
What's Happening Now! 1985 TV Series Mr. Lee / Bum
A Cut Above 1985 B & E Suspect
Malice in Wonderland 1985 TV Movie Collins (as Theodore Wilson)
A Bunny's Tale 1985 TV Movie Older Club Employee (as Theodore Wilson)
Weekend Pass 1984 Nat (as Theodore Wilson)
Amanda's 1983 TV Series Philip Oliver
The Ambush Murders 1982 TV Movie Jay King
The Oklahoma City Dolls 1981 TV Movie Tom Petree
The Hunter 1980 Winston Blue (as Theodore Wilson)
Carny 1980 Nails (as Theodore Wilson)
The White Shadow 1979 TV Series Doug Buchanan
Rendezvous Hotel 1979 TV Movie Cleveland
Good Times 1976-1979 TV Series Sweet Daddy Williams / Stanley Byrd
The Dukes of Hazzard 1979 TV Series Morgan
13 Queens Boulevard 1979 TV Series Waiter
Coming Attractions 1978 Elijah Abdoul Jamaal Muhammed (as Theodore Wilson)
What's Happening!! 1976-1978 TV Series Al Dunbar / Marty / Mr. Wilson
The Jeffersons 1977 TV Series Clarence
Kojak 1977 TV Series Joe Penney
Run for the Roses 1977 Flash
The Greatest 1977 John the Gardener (as Theodore R. Wilson)
The Bionic Woman 1977 TV Series Warner Williams
Police Woman 1974-1977 TV Series Harold Martin / Tommy Thompson
Sanford Arms 1977 TV Series Phil Wheeler
Phyllis 1976 TV Series Jimmy Carter
Sanford and Son 1976 TV Series Messenger
All in the Family 1976 TV Series Whitey Monroe
The Love Boat 1976 TV Movie Isaac, the Bartender (as Theodore Wilson)
Gang Wars 1976 Black Spade
The River Niger 1976 Chips
Good Heavens 1976 TV Series Special Bingham
Baretta 1976 TV Series Flash
That's My Mama 1974-1975 TV Series Earl Chambers / Andrew Carruthers
Medical Story 1975 TV Movie Hadley
M*A*S*H 1974 TV Series Warrent Officer Martin 'Marty' Williams
Newman's Law 1974 Jaycee (as Theodore Wilson)
Black Eye 1974 Lindy
Roll Out 1973 TV Series High Strung
The Partridge Family 1973 TV Series Sam Mulvaney
The Furst Family of Washington 1973 TV Movie Earl Jefferson (as Theodore Wilson)
Cleopatra Jones 1973 Pickle (as Theodore Wilson)
The Waltons 1972-1973 TV Series Hawthorne Dooley
Come Back, Charleston Blue 1972 Cemetery Guard (as Theodore Wilson)
Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970 Barry (as Theodore Wilson)



The White Shadow 1980 TV Series suggested by a story by - 1 episode



Omnibus 1953 TV Series performer - 1 episode



Ebony/Jet Showcase 1986 TV Series Himself
Lindsay Wagner: Another Side of Me 1977 TV Special

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