From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Rhodes, Todd Washington

(born: 1900  -  died: 1965) 

Todd Washington Rhodes was a pianist and an arranger, he was born in Hopkinsville, KY, and grew up in Springfield, OH, where he studied at the Springfield School of Music. He also studied at the Erie Conservatory in Pennsylvania and graduated in 1921. He began his career with William McKinney's Synco Jazz Band. Rhodes moved on to Detroit where he formed his own band, and he died in Flint. Todd's albums include Your Daddy's Dogin' Around and Blues for the Red Boy. Todd Rhodes was the son of Mattie Johnson and the stepson of John Johnson. For more see "Todd (Washington) Rhodes" in Oxford Music Online Database; and Todd Rhodes by Dave Penny, a Black Cat website.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: McKinney, William "Bill"
NKAA Source: Your daddy's doggin' around (album)
NKAA Source: Blues for the red boy: the early sensation recordings (album)
NKAA Source: Oxford Music Online (database)

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“Rhodes, Todd Washington,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed October 26, 2020,

Last modified: 2018-12-04 15:12:16