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Rhodes, Todd Washington

(born: 1900  -  died: 1965) 

Todd Washington Rhodes, born in Hopkinsville, KY, grew up in Springfield, OH, where he studied at the Springfield School of Music and later at the Erie Conservatory in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1921.

A pianist and arranger, Rhodes began his career with William McKinney's Synco Jazz Band. Rhodes moved on to Detroit where he formed his own band. His albums include Your Daddy's Dogin' Around and Blues for the Red Boy.

Todd Rhodes was the son of Mattie Johnson and the stepson of John Johnson. He died in Flint, MI.

For more see "Todd (Washington) Rhodes" in Oxford Music Online Database; and Todd Rhodes by Dave Penny on the website.

Kentucky County & Region

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Kentucky Place (Town or City)

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NKAA Entry: McKinney, William "Bill"
NKAA Source: Your daddy's doggin' around (album)
NKAA Source: Blues for the red boy: the early sensation recordings (album)
NKAA Source: Oxford Music Online (database)

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