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In the late fifties through the sixties, Lillie Bryant - as half of the million-seller Swan Records recording duo Billy & Lillie - recorded hits Lucky Lady Bug, La-Dee-Dah, Good Morning Baby and Smokey Gray Eyes. Swan Records. During her tenure on Dick Clark's Swan Records, Ms. Bryant did a remake of the tune previously recorded by Dinah Washington, I'll Never Be Free.
Lillie has performed at the world famous Apollo Theater along with Mickey & Sylvia, and has appeared many times on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and toured with the Allan Freed Rock & Roll Show with Chuck Berry, Big Bopper, Chantels, Jackie Wilson, Frankie Lymon and many others of that era. She has appeared with Sam Cook and has done various televised performances on such shows as Patty Page's Big Record as well as The Joe Franklin Show.
Lillie Bryant~Howard is continuing the journey of making music and delivering messages of oneness, however, her affection for the great women in jazz, such as Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Irene Reed, Gloria Lynn, Betty Carter and many others, has led her career towards a Jazz entertainment performance direction.
Over the Past 10 years Lillie Bryant~Howard has performed with organist Jimmy McGriff, saxophonist Hugh Brodie, innovative drummer Bernard Purdie, the late pianist/vocalist Dorothy Donegan, jazz guitarist Eric Johnson, soundrhythium Michael T.A. Thompson, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan, to name a few. Lillie Bryant~Howard's performance include a Tribute to Dinah Washington.
Lillie Bryant~Howard’s first major recording since 1960, Stepping Through The Center (WÜJa Promotions) is slated to be released early 2009. It features jazz standards close to her heart as well as a bonus track remake of La Dee Dah, the tune that placed her on the top 10 charts in 1958 and 1959 while on the Swan Records label.
Location: New York, New York
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