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Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

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Composition by Sonny Rollins


Jon Hendricks is featured during a late '50s performance as a member of "Lambert, Hendricks & Ross"


Jon Hendricks, vocals
Dave Lambert, vocals
Annie Ross, vocals

Jon Hendricks was born on September 16, 1921 in Newark, Ohio before his family settled in Toledoand where he began signing professionally at the age of seven.

Gaining local celebrity over the next couple of years, he was offered a gig by Fats Waller when he was twelve before touring with the "Ted Lewis Band" the following year.

Originally passionate about the drums as a teenager, he make singing his focus performing regularly on the radio with fellow Toledo resident Art Tatum.

He became the most prominent member of the vocal trio "Lambert, Hendricks & Ross" in 1957 featuring Dave Lambert and Annie Ross with whom he spread the scatted art of vocalese around the world.

In 1968 pursuing a solo career, Hendricks moved his family to London in part to ensure that his five young children could receive a better education.

Following his collaboration with "The Manhattan Transfer" on their 1985 album "Vocalese", in 2000 Jon Hendricks moved back to his home town accepting a teaching position at the University of Toledo.

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