Joe Liggins

Joseph Christopher Liggins, Jr. (born Theodro Elliott; July 9, 1916 – July 26, 1987) was an American R&B, jazz and blues pianist and vocalist who led Joe Liggins and his Honeydrippers in the 1940s and 1950s. His band appeared often on the Billboard magazine charts. The band's biggest hit was "The Honeydripper", released in 1945. Joe Liggins was the older brother of R&B performer Jimmy Liggins.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 9, 1915 (Guthrie), Died July 31, 1987 (California)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1946

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D5AB-0386 10-in. 10/9/1945 The honeydripper Roosevelt Sykes Male vocal solo, with instrumental quintet composer  
Victor D6VB-1774 10-in. 5/9/1946 I've got a right to cry Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Laura Washington Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Liggins, Joe," accessed April 14, 2024,

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"Liggins, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 April 2024.

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