Queen Goody is the performing name of Dorothy Goodman, aka Dotty Daniels. Her surname of Goodman provides the name affectionately bestowed upon her by fellow students at the Ron Brown Academy back in the 1950''s where, under teachers & mentors, Donald Brown, Mrs. Marcus, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Woods, Mr. Bertelonni, Mr. Thomas and Mr. Jacobson, she excelled in music, dance, drama and writing and produced weekly talent shows for the school for 3 years. In the 1960''s, she had the privilege of being a teenaged Brill Building songwriter and recording artist. Although possibly unknown to today''s young artists and writers, she was one of the few young female writers of her era to open doors for today''''s young writers and artists of color. She enjoyed working with Brooks Arthur, recording engineer extraordinaire and with renowned Pianist, Frank Owens, former music director of the famed Apollo Theatre. With Brooks Arthur as Engineer and Frank Owens as pianist, Queen recorded many of the demos of Brill Building songwriter, the late Dr. Connie St. John, Julliard trained artist and teacher whom Queen looked to as friend and mentor. She met and worked with Brill Building writers Paul Kaufman, Toni Wine, Evie Sands, and was present within the household of artists such as Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil & Helen Miller when King''s babysitter, Little Eva was making it big. Brill Building writers and artists, Dr. freddie scott (HEY GIRL) and Big Dee Irwin (BEEN SO LONG, COULD THIS BE MAGIC), were also mentors for Queen when Paul Simon discovered her at Don Kirshners and produced her on AMY RECORDS. Her rendition of Paul Simon''s PLAY ME A SAD SONG went to number 1 in he North East as a Regional Hit on New Haven''s Radio WAVZ, staying at number 1 on the WAVZ Top 60''s list for 6 weeks. Background chorus for Queen presented as Dotty Daniels on the AMY Recordings were the Great Cissy Houston and The Sweet Inspirations including Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson, Queen, as Dorothy Goodman (or Dotty Goodman) wrote the flip side entitled I WROTE YOU A LETTER, also backed by the vocals of Cissy Houston and The Sweet Inspirations with Valerie Simpson. When the hit stalled short of the national top 40''s, Queen went back into the studio and recorded A CASUAL LOOK backed with I''M ALONE.
As the civil rights movement under Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began to emerge, Queen Goody from a vastly multi-ethnic Southern family pioneered in music as an artist activist, appearing on the Buddy Deane TV Show in Baltimore, Maryland as a teen artist spearheading the movement to end the segregation laws that then prohibited black and white children from dancing together. The now popular Broadway Musical, HAIR SPRAY and the newly released movie HAIR SPRAY, although not true to the script that Queen remembers and was a part of, highlights this 1960''s effort. Disc Jockey, the late Jocko Henderson personally aided Queen in her career as teen writer singer, Dotty Daniels. DJ JOCKO hosted a breakfast in Queen''s honor at his Philadelphia home the day he invited Queen to appear there. Disc Jockey Jack Walker of NY Radio WLIB played the teens record as the Pick Hit of The Week every 15 minutes for an entire week. Cashbox Magazine cited the teen''s recording as a Pick Hit in it''s 1963 May issue. She was supported by Maryland DJ Chop Chop Fisher who also phoned her grandmother from his show to congratulate her on the fine job Queen was doing as an Ambassador of Good Will during he segregation issues. After the continuing segregation of black and white children''s efforts to dance together on national TV, following her appearance on the Buddy Deane TV Show, Queen was awarded the honor to appear on the first black teen TV Dance Show in the Nation, The Bob King TV Show in Washington, DC, also known as Teen Dance-arama. Queen shared the stage with Pat Boone, Sceamin Jay Hawkins, The Crystals, The Jewel Box Revue and Christine Jorgenson, the first person in the world to have a sex change operation. As a minor, her performances were limited to TV Shows, Teen Record Hops up and down the east coast and to the live theatre stage. She also appeared at The Brooklyn Academy of Music in the Musical, The Roaring 20th Century, for which Queen, a classically trained ballerina, had also choreographed the dances. A versatile performer with a wide range of interests, Queen also appeared in community playhouse performances of West Side Story, South Pacific and Oklahoma. Her recording and performing career was to be short lived as her parents demanded that she return to school Queen studied drama on Scholarship with Professor Luther James of the Actors Workshop in New York City, pursed modeling with South Carolina native, Ophelia DeVore of the Ophelia Devore School and studied with Poet, Leroi Jones at his Amiri Baraka Black Arts Repertory Theatre School of Harlem. After marriage and raising a family of four sons, Queen longed to return to music. The opportunity arose with Orleans Records with whom she wrote BORN WITH THE BLUES recorded on Virgin Sky Ranch &, Virgin Point-Blank Classics by New Orleans Blues Diva Marva Wright. Queen recorded I REMEMBER as a part of her 1990''s New Orleans catalog and now releases the single , courtesy of co-writer, Producer, Carlo Ditta in her efforts to assist in the healing of New Orleans, incorporating the doo-wop mantra-like phrase by a male back-up chorus in I REMEMBER as a chant also directed towards the remembrance of survivors of Hurricane Katrina. She also recorded BORN WITH THE BLUES released by Orleans Records on it''s CD, THE ORLEANS RECORDS STORY.
Queen, from a musical family was born in Kingstree, South Carolina and as an infant began to perform on live radio with her father, a gospel singer who share-cropped during the week and sang on live radio on the week-ends. She was influenced by the acapella music of the backwoods churches her grandmother. One of her childhood jobs as herder of the
family cows down in the pastures and the cherry orchards, afforded Queen uninterrupted hours of acapella singing with only blue sky and the God she communed with as audience. As a student at a one-room school-house in the Jim Crow South prior to the civil rights era, she had the rare privilege to be taught by a Mrs. Broughton, a black teacher who had earned a degree in voice from the Julliard School in the 1940''s and who had come back to the South to teach the children of share-croppers. Queen walked to school bare footed with her older cousins, uncles and aunts, loving each day spent with Mrs. Broughton. When the family lived in Charleston, South Carolina for a while, she was exposed to the music of her relatives of the Sea Islands when the family went there to visit and sing. When the family moved to New York in the late 1940''s after Queens father narrowly escaped being lynched by the KKK, they settled next door to the First Baptist Church of Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, New York where Queen began to sing solo. Queen and her 11 siblings, 7 brothers and 3 sisters, made up the choir of the African Methodist Episcopal Church on Quincy Street when the family moved to Bed-Stuy. She sang at local churches in the area, deeply desiring to follow a career along the paths of Mahalia Jackson and Marian Anderson. But she was deeply influenced by the voices of Clyde McPhatter, Ray Charles, Little Willie John and Young Frankie Lymon. When her sanctified paternal grandmother moved back down south, Queen was exposed to the blues by her mother''s family. BB King, Jimmie McCraken, Lightening Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Jimmie Reed and Bobbie Blue Band. The late Dr. Nina Simone, though, was her favorite singer. In later years, she was influenced by the soul of Otis Redding. James Brown, Maxine Brown and Jeannette Baby Washington, South Carolina natives, along with the soul singers of the day deeply impacted her styling. While a student at the Ron Brown Academy, she studied music with a Mr. Thomas, a black man who understood her southern soul roots; and later at Girls High school in Brooklyn, she studied with Louvinia Pointer, a Broadway musical artist who had performed in Noel Coward musicals. Louvinia Pointer, also from South Carolina, developed the teens interest in understanding and performing the Negro Spirituals. While living on Qunicy Street in a 4 story Victorian Mansion in which the first two floors were occupied by Queen and her family, Queen began recording sessions engineered by Tusgeekee graduate, Adolphus Echols, a photo-journalist and tenor sax musician. Echols engineered weekly recording session of Queen''s compositions on his reel to reel webcore machine. Echols coached the teen and listened to her compositions. Echols was responsible for pointing out to the teen that William David had an ad in the Amsterdam News seeking talented young singers. At the insistence of Echols, Queen phoned William David, auditioned and was eagerly accepted by David into his company as a writer and recording artist. Only 13, Queen launched into her career with the independent record label, SWAMI RECORDS, writing and singing songs out of the sounds she had grown up with in the Carolinas. David & his Brothers, one of whom is singer/songwriter Teddy Vann who co-wrote the Luther Van Dross hit, Love Power, sang Gospel as the Five Cats and regularly opened for Mahalia Jackson. David understood what he called "Queens anointed voice".
Queen had deeply imbibed the sounds of her mother and father who sang in the chior at Bishop Frederick Washington''s Washington Temple where Bishops wife, Ernestine was a popular gospel singer. As a child, when 14 year old Emmett Till was killed in Money, Mississippi for reportedly whistling at a white girl, Queen sang with her family at Washington Temple to raise money for Justice for the Emmett Till case. Her early childhood in the Jim Crow South made her keenly perceptive of human nature, a trait that would serve her well in understanding and uncomplainingly enduring the unsavory methods used by even some people she had loved and trusted as her career developed.
It was during the Washington Temple years that young Queen realized she might be a singer of spirituals as was Sister Ernestine Washington. She had been reared to be wary of what was called "the devils music", but she loved music of every genre. In the early 1960''s, Performing artists Steve Rossi & Marty Allen introduced Queen to Brill Building Writers after hearing her albums on SWAMI RECORDS. Rossi & Allen defined Queen''s voice as a cross between Frankie Lymon and Little Anthony of Little Anthony & The Imperials. William David, founder of SWAMI RECORDS whose mother had been a vocal coach and lingual professor on the Sea Islands for the Porgy and Bess Musical cast, billed her as DESA RAE AND THE SOULETTES (or Dezi & The Soulettes.) Coming out of the Gullah-Geechee culture, Queen specialized in the vocal sound peculiar to her South Carolina relatives. It would be years later that Queen would realize that the language spoken at home and that she sung was from an ancient African culture that had been preserved by its isolation in the Sea Island area. As a high school student, Queen regularly attended Ike and Tina Turner''s shows at the Apollo Theatre. These performances reminded her of the types of performances she had done since infancy with her father. Much later, with Screen Gems, headed by Charles Koppleman and Don Rubin, who gave her a recording contract, Queen explored the Sea islands sound and recognized such in her favorite, Baby Washington. With Koppleman & Rubin at Screen-Gems, she wrote with young Neil Diamond and received positive reinforcement of her songwrting talents from the great Otis Blackwell, then housed upstairs at 1650 Broadway. Queen was also mentored by the late Belle Saunders, Alonzo Tucker and Veretta Dillard (Johnny Ace Tribute Artist). She received encouragement from singer, Jackie Wilson and Little Nathaniel Boukknight, lead singer of the Shells who was her next door neighbor on Quincy Street, Bed-Stuy. Much earlier on, while a youngster in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, she had received support from the actor, Lou Gossett, Jr. who was also her next door neighbor on East 15th Street. When Queen lived next door next to the First Baptist Church of Sheepshead Bay, she was a daily visitor to Gossett''s Grandmother, Grandma Wray who would tell Queen and her siblings stories about her days as a slave. One story by Grandma Wray was that she lost one of her fingers as a girl in slavery. One of Queens early folk songs was about Grandma Wray''s lost finger. Queen also salutes her music teacher at public school 209, and Mrs. Blacker at PS 100 in Coney Island for recognizing her gifts and giving early training in singing folk songs and the songs of Huddie Lebetter, Lead Belly throughout Brigthon Beach, Manhatten Beach and The Sheepshead Bay area.
During her early years at PS 254, Queens Father became a successful Housing contractor investing in Real Estate. With his new found wealth, Mr. Goodman purchased a limousine for his large family and took the family for long drives to Floyd Bennett Air Field where Queen fell in love with flying. The family spent many hours at Plum Beach, picnicking and singing and often went to Hecktsher State Park for large gatherings with other Sheepshead Bay families. Mr. Goodman purchased homes in Bed-Stuy and back in his beloved Sheesphead Bay on Shore Parkway. Living in Sheepshead Bay exposed Queen to the Yiddish Music and Italian Music she also came to love. Julius LaRosa and Enrico Caruso were among the singers her father encouraged her to listen to. Goodman was Queens first song-writing mentor, purchasing Hit Parade Magazine for her to study the lyrics of popular songs. Goodman assigned young Queen the task of listening to the radio, studying the lyric constructions in Hit Parade and required her to have at least one original composition of her own ready for him when he returned home from his business day. In this way, young Queen, and avid reader, also became a poet gratefully crediting her father.
In recent years, Queen toured the US and Europe parts of 2006 and 2007 and lived in Amsterdam, the Netherlands until summer of 2007. Today, Queen remerges on her own QUEEN GOODY label with the goal of presenting the music she loves most. Combining her love of music, literature and drama, Queen will tour the world to share her inspirational message of hope and healing. Having always opened her US and European performances with a Negro Spiritual, Queen will tour the world specializing in singing these treasured gems. Besides presenting her own inspirational songs of spiritual visions, Queen will also share these songs she loved to sing as a girl in south Carolina, the songs of her Captive African Ancestors known as Negro Slaves; the songs that paved the way for Jazz, Blues, R & B and Gospel. Her slave relatives are buried in marked graves in a South Carolina grave-yard where grey moss-hanging trees brood softly over 7 generations that date as early as the late 1700''s.
About The Song: I REMEMBER
The sensitive harmonies of her composition I REMEMBER, a silk R & B rendition of love, loss, betrayal and starting a-new, recorded in New Orleans is a preview of the types of music she shares. I REMEMBER does not accuse. It simply states what is and relates that pheonix-like, the one betrayed, lied to, used and then snubbed and thrown aside and is forgotten by the former lover, rises like the proverbial pheonix from her crematorium experience to create something new out of her ashes. She will remember the past so as not to again fall prey to anymore feigned love schemes and plots. In parallel fashion, the survivors of the worst storm in history, Katrina, too will remember what is needed in order to recreate their lives and exercise the right of return to their homes to carry on the traditions of New Orleans life.
Also an unmatchable acapella artist, Queen views her new musical venture as her mission to a hurting world. She invites your participation in her projects. Combining her love of drama, literature and music, Queen is working on a commemorative project dedicated to the people of New Orleans. Having worked out of New Orleans since 1983 with Carlo Ditta, President of ORLEANS RECORDS, Queens long ago adopted New Orleans as her musical home. She invites you to write her and include your story in her tribute to New Orleans residents and members of the Gulf Coast storms entitled " BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE" dedicated to Katrina survivors.
Partial List of Queen''s Appearances:
Bob King show, Buddy Deane Show
The Brooklyn Academy of Music
Louisiana Mint, New Orleans
Cutting Edge Music Business Conferenc
Palm Court Jazz Cafe, New Orleans
The Green Apple, New Orleans
Finally Fred''s, New York
Eureka Joe''s Fifth Avenue, NY
Karim Alaoui, Morocco North Africa Gnawa Band
Bowery Poetry Club NYC "Katrina Benefit'' 2006
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
McDaniel College, Common Ground on the Hill,
Rochester Institute of Technology,
Spool MFG at Johnson City, NY
Venues in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Radio WBAI NYC Guest on Mary Ann Miller''s Arts Magazine
The United Nations
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