b. USA, d. USA. A journeyman guitarist, Underhill appeared with various leaders through the late 30s and early 40s. Most notably, he worked with Viola ‘Miss Rhapsody’ Wells, whom he married. He appeared on record with Wells, joining all-star line-ups for some sessions for Savoy Records in 1944 and 1945. From the first of these came ‘Bye Bye Baby’ and ‘My Lucky Day’, whereon the band included Emmett Berry, trumpet, and Walter ‘Foots’ Thomas, saxophones. Underhill’s rhythm section team mates were pianist Reuben ‘June’ Cole, bass player Billy Taylor and drummer William ‘Cozy’ Cole. From the second session came ‘He May Be Your Man’ and ‘I Feel For You’, with a similar band with trumpeter Freddie Webster and tenor saxophonist Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis replacing Berry.