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Scott Yanow

jazz vocalist and lyricist, was born John Carl Hendricks in Newark, Ohio. He grew up as one of seventeen children, the only musician in his family. As a child, he sang hymns and spirituals in church and at parties. In 1932 he moved to Toledo with his family.

While growing up, Hendricks sang on the radio. His accompanist was sometimes pianist Art Tatum. After moving to Detroit in 1940, he sang with the band of his brother-in-law, Jessie Jones. Hendricks served in the army in Europe during 1942–1946. After his discharge, he studied law at the University of Toledo but found that music interested him more. He taught himself to play drums and worked as a singing drummer for two years in Rochester, New York, and in Toledo in 1951.

After Charlie Parker who was passing through Ohio heard him sing and urged him ...