The Skeleton in the Closet

Putney Dandridge

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Putney Dandridge

Louis "Putney" Dandridge (January 13, 1902 – February 15, 1946) was an American bandleader, jazz pianist and vocalist. Born in Richmond, Virginia, Dandridge began performing in 1918 as a pianist in the a revue entitled the Drake and Walker Show. In 1930, he worked for a time as accompanist for legendary tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, including appearances in the important black musical Brown Buddies After touring in Illinois and the Great Lakes region, Dandridge settled in Cleveland, Ohio, forming his own band, which included famed guitarist Lonnie Johnson. This period lasted until 1934, when he attempted to perform as a solo act. He took his show to New York City, beginning a series of long residences at the Hickory House on 52nd Street and other local clubs. From 1935 to 1936, he recorded numerous sides under his own name, many of which highlighted some major jazz talents of the period, including Roy Eldridge, Teddy Wilson, Henry "Red" Allen, Buster Bailey, John Kirby, Chu Berry, Cozy Cole and more. Appearing to vanish from the music scene in the late thirties, it is speculated that Dandridge may have been forced to retire due to ill health. Dandridge died in Wall Township, New Jersey at the age of 44.


Year:
1936
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Ahhh!
Lemme outta here!
What's in there?
Man, there's a skeleton in this closet!
That's alright, Putney, he'll get used to you

Spooks were havin' their midnight fling
The merry makin' was in full swing
They shrieked themselves into a cheerful trance
When the skeleton in the closet did his dance

Now a goblin giggled with fiendish glee
A shout rang out from a big banshee
Amazement was in every ghostly glance
When the skeleton in the closet started to dance

All the witches were in stitches
While his steps made rhythmic thumps
And their nearly dropped their broomsticks
When he tried to do the bumps

You never heard such unearthly laughter
Or such hilarious groans
When the skeleton in the closet rattled his bones

All the witches were in stitches
While his steps made rhythmic thumps
And their nearly dropped their broomsticks
When he tried to do the bumps

You never heard such unearthly laughter
Or such hilarious groans
When the skeleton in the closet rattled his bones

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