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Bill Henderson (performer)

Bill Henderson
Born (1926-03-19) March 19, 1926 (age 89)
Chicago, Illinois

William Randall "Bill" Henderson (born March 19, 1926) is an American jazz vocalist and actor in television and film.

Henderson was born in Chicago, Illinois. Henderson's acting credits have been numerous. Beginning in the mid-1970s, and continuing to this day, he has frequently appeared on television in supporting, usually one-time roles. His film roles have followed a similar trend — minor and supporting roles.

Henderson began his professional music career in 1952, performing in Chicago with Ramsey Lewis, and began recording as a leader after a move to New York in 1958.[1] He has since recorded and performed with artists such as Oscar Peterson, Jimmy Smith, Count Basie, Yusef Lateef, Booker Little, and Eddie Harris. Henderson also recorded his own vocal tracks as "King Blues" in the 1983 comedy Get Crazy. In 1999, Henderson made a guest vocal appearance on Charlie Haden's album The Art of the Song. Still in prime form, Henderson continues to sing regularly in and around the Los Angeles area.


  • Bill Henderson Sings (with Ramsey Lewis Trio & Wynton Kelly Sextet, arr. Benny Golson and Ernie Wilkins, Vee-Jay, 1958)
  • Bill Henderson, Please Send Me Someone to Love (Eddie Harris, Joe Diorio, Rail Wilson, Vee-Jay, 1960)
  • Bill Henderson, Self-titled (with Eddie Higgins Trio, Tommy Flanagan Quartet, Thad Jones Big Band, Jimmy Jones Strings, Vee-Jay, 1961)
  • Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio (piano Oscar Peterson, bassist Ray Brown, drummer Ed Thigpen, Verve, 1963)
  • Bill Henderson, When My Dreamboat Comes Home (Verve, 1965)
  • Bill Henderson Live in concert with the Count Basie Band (Monad, 1965)
  • Bill Henderson, Live at the Times (Joyce Collins & Dave Mackay, Discovery, 1975)
  • Bill Henderson Live, Joey Revisited (Steve LaSpina's, Dave Mackay, Joyce Collins, Jerry Coleman, Monad, 1976)
  • Bill Henderson, Street of Dreams (Joyce Collins & Dave Mackay, Discovery, 1979)
  • Bill Henderson, Something's Gotta Give (Dave Mackay, Jim Hughart, Jimmie Smith, Joey Baron, Joyce Collins, Pete Christlieb, Discovery, 1979)
  • Bill Henderson, A Tribute to Johnny Mercer (with Joyce Collins & Dave Mackay, Discovery, 1981)
  • Nancy Wilson Presents Great Jazz Night - Red Hot & Cool II (featuring Bill Henderson, LaserDisc, 1990)
  • White Men Can’t Jump (Soundtrack, 20th Century Fox, 1992)
  • Charlie Haden Quartet West, The Art of the Song (Shirley Horn, Bill Henderson, with the Charlie Haden Quartet West, Polygram, 1999)
  • Mike Melvoin with Charlie Haden featuring Bill Henderson, The Capital Sessions(2000 Naim Audio Ltd)
  • Bill Henderson, Live at the Kennedy Center (Ed Vodicka Trio, WebOnlyJazz, 2006)
  • Bill Henderson Live at the Vic, Beautiful Memory (Tateng Katindig (p), Chris Conner (b), Roy McCurdy (d), Ahuh Productions, 2008)


  • Bill Henderson, His Complete Vee Jay Recordings Volume 1 (Vee Jay, 1993)
  • Bill Henderson, His Complete Vee Jay Recordings Volume 2 (Vee Jay, 2000)



Television appearances


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