Art And Dotty Todd
Art And Dotty Todd
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Art and Dotty Todd will forever be remembered for their Era Records hit, Chanson D’Amour” in 1958. They also had a separate hit, "Broken Wings" in England in 1953.  Their Abbott/Fabor release of “Oh Honey, Why Don't 'Cha” b/w “The Busy Signal” came between those recordings, in 1955.  “Oh Honey, Why Don't 'Cha” was written for them by Lonnie Coleman and “The Busy Signal” they wrote themselves in 1952.

By then they were well established as a nightclub and lounge act on the West Coast. They got started on the East Coast. Dotty, born Doris Dabb on June 22, 1913, in northern New Jersey, performed at Carnegie Hall in a piano recital at age 13. She met Arthur William Todd, one year her junior, when both were performing separately at the Providence Biltmore Hotel. He was a guitarist and vocalist from Baltimore. Married just before the United States entered World War II in 1941, Art entertained the troops during the war and then when the war was over settled with Dotty in Sherman Oaks, California. They performed in the nightclub circuit starting with the Shadow Mountain Club in Palm Desert, California. They had their own radio show, and in 1953 failed to chart in the United States with “Heavenly Heavenly” on RCA Victor Records, but the B side, “Broken Wing,” became an English hit on the back of  the Stargazers’ version of the same song. The Stargazers went to No. 1;  Art and Dotty Todd’s  got as high as No. 6.

Art and Dotty Todd set a record 68-week consecutive stint at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas in 1965-66 and continued to work at their own club when they moved to Hawaii in 1980. Dotty Todd died at the age of 87 in 2000 and Art Todd died six years later.

 

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