The Buddy Johnson Orchestra was one of the most popular
R&B based bands during the immediate post war years.
Buddy was typical of many bandleaders of the time who
often put entertainment ahead of art. By taking that route he
enjoyed more hits than most of his contemporaries.
Woodrow Wilson Johnson was born in Darlington, South
Carolina, on January of 1915. He took to music at an early
age, becoming adept at the piano beginning at the age of
five. As a teenager he was active in church and school
groups arranging and producing musical presentations in
the local community. By the time he was in his early twenties
he headed for New York where he soon found work as a
pianist with a traveling show called The Cotton Club Revue.
He soon put together a small band that played blues tunes
and riff based jump and boogie dance numbers