A native of Buffalo, NY, Greene began singing as a child. She continued to sing throughout her teens, although she was planning a career in medicine. Her first big break arrived when she filled in for a sick vocalist in Cozy Cole's band. He asked her to join his group, but she refused. Eventually, she decided to pursue a career in music and began singing regularly at venues along the East Coast, as well as Chicago. Slowly, she built up a following among audiences and fellow vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington, and was able to play venues in London and Germany.
Greene recorded her first album for Time Records shortly before she signed to Blue Note in 1962. In April, she recorded the material that comprised My Hour of Need. Five months later, she returned to the studios to cut a follow-up session. Evidently, My Hour of Need was not a success since those recordings, along with a session she recorded in November, remained unreleased until the 1996 CD reissue of My Hour of Need. Greene faded away from the spotlight in the years following the release of her lone Blue Note album. There is no apparent record of her recording again, but she did continue to perform into the early 2000s, mostly at the Anchor Bar -- home of the original Buffalo wing -- in Buffalo, NY.
American jazz singer
Born : January 18, 1924 in Buffalo, New York State.
Died : July 21, 2006 in Buffalo, New York State.
Dodo Greene Discography
|70001||Dodo Greene||Ain't What You Do (Album)||Time Records (3)||70001||US||1959||Sell This Version|
|BLP 9001||Dodo Greene||My Hour Of Need (Album)||Blue Note||BLP 9001||US||1963||Sell This Version|
Singles & EPs
|1005||Dodo Greene||Hold On / Tell Me (7")||Time Records (3)||1005||US||1959||Sell This Version|
|1014||Dodo Greene||Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (My Baby) / Don't Cry, Baby (7", Promo)||Time Records Inc., Time Records (3)||1014||US||1959||Sell This Version|
|14-1859||Dodo Greene Accompanied By The Ike Quebec Quintet||Dodo Greene Accompanied By The Ike Quebec Quintet - You Are My Sunshine / Little Things Mean A Lot (7")||Blue Note||14-1859||US||1962||Sell This Version|
|45-1860||Dodo Greene||Lonesome Road (7")||Blue Note||45-1860||US||1962||Sell This Version|
|45-1857||Dodo Greene||My Hour Of Need (7")||Blue Note||45-1857||US||1962||Sell This Version|