Dandridge died in Wall Township, New Jersey at the age of 44.
Here he is, appearing as “the Stage Manager,” in the 1932 film HARLEM IS HEAVEN, starring Bill Robinson and James Baskette.
In February 1931, Dandridge appeared in the cast of the musical revue Heatin’ Up Harlem, starring Adelaide Hall at the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem.
After touring in Illinois and the Great Lakes region, Dandridge settled in Cleveland, Ohio, forming his own band, which included guitarist Lonnie Johnson.
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But he was under contract to Victor Records, so the other labels looked for their own “Fats” to compete for public attention.
Thus, piano-playing entertainers who could put over a song in a jocular way were valuable.
Swinging pop songs of the day — songs often from films — was the thing.
The very talented women Lil Hardin Armstrong and Cleo Brown recorded for Decca, as did Bob Howard.
Willie the Lion Smith did his own recordings for that label.
This period lasted until 1934, when he attempted to perform as a solo act.