Teddy Walters

Real Name:
Walter Theodore Viniello
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American jazz guitarist and singer (b. August 20, 1920 Philadelphia, PA - d. April 19, 1958 Philadelphia, PA)

Walters, the son of drummer Danny Alvins, started out as a guitarist in the bands of Ray Noble and Raymond Scott. In May 1942, he joined Charlie Ventura's Orchestra, only to be lured away that same October by Gene Krupa. When Krupa's orchestra was disbanded in early 1943, Walters recorded with Billie Holiday. In late 1943, Walters briefly joined Tommy Dorsey's orchestra. When Tommy realized he could sing as well and sounded very much like Frank Sinatra, he featured him as a male vocalist, causing a sensation. Tommy offered Walters a five-year contract but insisted on a cut of all future earnings should Walters decide to go solo. Instead, Walters made a few more small combo recordings with Sonny Greer and Cozy Cole, then joined Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra on guitar and vocals in June 1944, again to great public acclaim. In October 1945, he did enter on a solo career as a vocalist, signing first with ARA, then with Musicraft. In April 1946, his recording of "Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)" reached the Top Ten, but later efforts did not create much of a stir. By 1948, Walters' career had faded and he returned to Philadelphia where he died a few years later of cirrhosis.
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Albums

LEM 14301 Artie Shaw And His Orchestra Vocalists: Kitty Kallen, Teddy Walters, Mel Tormé And The Mel-Tones Artie Shaw And His Orchestra Vocalists: Kitty Kallen, Teddy Walters, Mel Tormé And The Mel-Tones - Interpretando A Cole Porter MGM Records LEM 14301 Argentina 1956 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PAN 020 Teddy Walters - Old Shoe Blues / Rogerini album art The Orchestra of Stars Conducted by Cliff Lange* Featuring Tommy Todd And Teddy Walter* The Orchestra of Stars Conducted by Cliff Lange* Featuring Tommy Todd And Teddy Walter* - Old Shoe Blues / Rogerini(Shellac, 10") Pan-American PAN 020 US 1945 Sell This Version
15075 Teddy Walters - Which Way Did My Heart Go / Adventure album art Teddy Walters Which Way Did My Heart Go / Adventure Musicraft 15075 US 1946 Sell This Version
135 Teddy Walters - Laughing On The Outside / You I Love album art Lou Bring And Orchestra*, Teddy Walters Lou Bring And Orchestra*, Teddy Walters - Laughing On The Outside / You I Love Ara (2) 135 US 1946 Sell This Version
15085 Teddy Walters - My Heart Stood Still / What Is There To Say album art Teddy Walters My Heart Stood Still / What Is There To Say(Shellac, 10") Musicraft 15085 US 1946 Sell This Version
15081 Teddy Walters - Only Heaven Knows / Wait Till It Happens To You album art Teddy Walters Only Heaven Knows / Wait Till It Happens To You(Shellac, 10") Musicraft 15081 US 1946 Sell This Version
15077 Teddy Walters - You Call It Madness / This Is The Night album art Teddy Walters You Call It Madness / This Is The Night(Shellac, 10") Musicraft 15077 US 1946 Sell This Version
15097 Teddy Walters - The More I Go Out With Somebody Else / I'll Close My Eyes album art Teddy Walters The More I Go Out With Somebody Else / I'll Close My Eyes Musicraft 15097 US 1946 Sell This Version