|Birth name||Walter Dootsie Williams|
|Born||June 17, 1911|
|Died||August 21, 1991(aged 80)|
|Genres||Comedy, Doo-wop, gospel|
|Occupations||Record executive, record producer, band leader|
|Associated acts||Redd Foxx
Papa John Creach
Williams was a leader of the Harlem Dukes band in the 1940s. While performing at gigs, he came up with the idea of recording other artists.
In 1949, Williams founded the Blue Records label. Two years later he changed the name to Dootone. One of the first artists he recorded on Dootone was a violinist named Johnny Creach, who years later would become popular at Woodstock as Papa John Creach.
While the label would record a wide variety of music, it would be best known for a series of comedy recordings by Redd Foxx. Williams saw the comedian perform at the Brass Rail, a local Los Angeles nightclub, and signed Foxx to a recording contract. Laff of the Party, the first of many albums that Foxx recorded for Williams, became a cult favorite and helped establish him as a national star.
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- Dootone/Dooto Single Discography
- Dootone/Dooto Album Discography
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