In 1943 he was conscripted and served in the Navy, being stationed in California. He progressed from learning the blues and, using his gospel background, graduated towards the boogie-woogie playing style. He played in blues clubs in Oakland and San Francisco, but after World War II finished he relocated to New York in 1946. Gaddy later commented "I came to New York just to visit, because I was on my way to the West Coast. Somehow or other, I just got hooked on it.
New York got into my system and I've been stuck here ever since." He found work as a blues pianist, and in the late 1940s Gaddy provided accompaniment to both Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry. He later backed Larry Dale, and befriended Champion Jack Dupree. Dupree penned "Operator" for Gaddy, one of his best selling numbers. Gaddy recorded firstly for Jackson Records with his debut single being "Bicycle Boogie" in 1952.
Gaddy later spent time with the Jax, Dot and Harlem record labels, before joining Hy Weiss' Old Town Records in 1956. It was here that Gaddy had his most commercially successful period, particularly with "I Love My Baby," "Paper Lady," and "Rip and Run." His earlier recordings often had McGhee in the recording studio with Gaddy, although his Old Town recordings utilised the guitarists Jimmy Spruill and Joe Ruffin, plus saxophonist Jimmy Wright. Gaddy ceased his recording activities around 1960. However, along with his long time friend Larry Dale, Gaddy remained a mainstay of the ongoing New York blues scene. In April 1988, Gaddy, Dale and Spruill reunited to play at the Tramps nightclub in New York. Bob Gaddy died of lung cancer in the Bronx, New York in July 1997, at the age of 73. Discography "I (Believe You Got A Sidekick)" / "Bicycle Boogie" (1952) - Jackson Records - Bob Gaddy & His Alley Cats "No Help Wanted" / "Little Girl's Boogie" (1953) - Jax Records - Bob Gaddy & His Alley Cats "Evil Man Blues" / "Doctor Gaddy's Blues" (1954) - Dot Records - Doctor Gaddy & His Orchestra "Blues Has Walked in My Room" / "Slow Down Baby" (1955) - Harlem Records - Doctor Gaddy & His Keys "Operator" / "I Love My Baby" (1956) - Old Town Records - Doctor Gaddy & His Keys "Paper Lady" / "Out Of My Name" (1957) - Old Town Records - Doctor Gaddy & His Keys "Woe Woe Is Me" / "Rip and Run" (1958) - Old Town Records - Doctor Gaddy & His Keys "Take My Advice" / "You Are the One" (1959) - Old Town Records "Till The Day I Die"/ "I'll Go My Way" (1959) - Old Town Records Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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