b. Joseph Doctor, 8 September 1911, Charleston, South Carolina, USA, d. 16 September 1988, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. A street musician from his arrival in New York in 1935, Washboard Doc was on the fringes of black musical life thereafter, claiming to have recorded alongside Ralph Willis and Sonny Terry. He certainly provided backing for Alec Seward, and also played, with varying degrees of appropriateness, on many Victoria Spivey albums. Full albums by his trio, featuring Lucky (b. Cab Lucky) and Flash (b. John Whitner), led to a European visit in 1980.
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