Todd Rhodes

Born: 
08/31/1900
City: 
Hopkinsville
Region: 
Kentucky
Country: 
USA
Died: 
06/04/1965
Years Active: 
1920's-1960's
Instruments: 
Piano, Xylophone

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He was born Todd Washington Rhodes, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Rhodes attended both the Springfield School of Music and the Erie Conservatory, studying as pianist and songwriter.

In the early 1920s he played with Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Fats Waller, Rex Stewart, Doc Cheatham, and Don Redman in McKinney's Cotton Pickers, a jazz group. Rhodes lived and played in Detroit in the 1930s. In the late 1940s he started his own group, Todd Rhodes and His Toddlers, and started doing more R&B arrangements. With his Toddlers, he recorded "Your Daddy's Doggin' Around" and "Your Mouth Got a Hole In It." Rhodes also worked with Hank Ballard, The Chocolate Dandies and Wynonie Harris. He featured African American female lead singers, such as Connie Allen, who recorded "Rocket 69" in 1951. After she left the band in early 1952, her position was taken by LaVern Baker.

Rhodes died in June 1965 in Detroit, at the age of 64.

Concerts

Event Date Venue City Regionsort descending Country
June Christy / Paula Watson 09/08/1949 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 03/08/1950 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
George Shearing & His Quintet 10/26/1949 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 06/13/1950 Club Juana Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 06/08/1953 Club El Sino Detroit Michigan USA
Big Joe Turner 02/05/1951 Club Juana Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 09/03/1953 Club El Sino Detroit Michigan USA
Wynonie Harris 09/24/1949 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 04/05/1950 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Slim Gaillard Quintet 11/14/1949 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 08/02/1953 Club El Sino Detroit Michigan USA
The Ravens 08/22/1949 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Billy Eckstine 11/07/1950 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 12/22/1953 Club El Sino Detroit Michigan USA
Wynonie Harris 10/02/1949 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 05/29/1950 Club Juana Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 05/11/1953 Club El Sino Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 11/27/1950 Club Juana Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 08/17/1953 Club El Sino Detroit Michigan USA
June Christy / Paula Watson 09/03/1949 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 03/11/1950 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
George Shearing & His Quintet 10/21/1949 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 07/22/1950 Club Juana Detroit Michigan USA
Todd Rhodes 06/10/1953 Club El Sino Detroit Michigan USA
Big Joe Turner 02/07/1951 Club Juana Detroit Michigan USA

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