Honoring Danny Woods
I would like to thank a few of my friends in the music industry who are voting Grammy members that advocated on our behalf. We the family would also like to thank the millions of Danny Woods fans around the world who are helping us get his name mentioned during award ceremonies and are taking action to fulfill our request for him to have his own Danny Woods day in Atlanta, Myrtle Beach and North Carolina.
A huge thank you to The National RnB Society Inc. for honoring him!
History in the making!
Danny began his amazing journey in Atlanta, GA on March 27, 1942, the son of Daniel Woods, Sr. and Julia Dukes Woods. During his formative years, he strengthened his amazing voice and set the foundation for his faith while singing in the church choir. Along the way, he caught the eye of Gladys Knight and developed a friendship that resulted in taking his first step onto a stage and performing during one of her shows.
Possessing a strong desire to share his talents with the world, Danny left Atlanta and headed to Detroit. In Detroit, Danny befriended David Ruffin, later of the Temptations, Clyde Wilson, and Melvin Davis. With the talent this quartet possessed, forming a group was the only logical course. They toured throughout Michigan, earning accolades from all who saw them. It was during this time that Danny also performed with Rare Earth and Aretha Franklin. Danny and David took the next step and moved to New York to find fame. There Danny met his hero, the great Jackie Wilson. While in New York, Danny’s talent wasn’t lost on the greats of the time. Danny performed many times at the Apollo Theater with the likes of The O’Jays, The Spinners, The Stylistics, Manhattans, Wilson Picket, Jackie Wilson, and numerous other entertainers.
As word of his talent spread, his exposure increased and the number of fans skyrocketed! Riding on the tide of stardom, the members of Chairmen of the Board went on to do solo work with great success. During this time, the Chairmen of the Board not only hit the airwaves but the charts as well. With such hits as “Pay to the Piper” and “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” the Chairmen of the Board were featured on Don Cornelius’ “Soul Train.”
In 1967, when Holland/Dozier/Holland left Motown and established Invictus/Hot Wax record labels, they needed a flagship act with talent to spare and charisma like no other.
That’s when they turned to Danny, General Norman Johnson, and Harrison Kennedy to be their premier talent as Chairmen of The Board. It was during this time that Danny appeared on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” and “The Johnny Carson Show.”
Riding on the tide of stardom, the members of Chairmen of the Board went on to do solo work with great success. During this time, the Chairmen of the Board not only hit the airwaves but the charts as well. With such hits as “Pay to the Piper” and “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” the Chairmen of the Board were featured on Don Cornelius’ “Soul Train.”
In the late 1970’s General Norman Johnson and Danny Woods made the decision to bring their dynamic energy and untouchable talent back to the Chairmen of the Board, and the legions of fans, awards, hits, and successes were boundless. As one of the top entertainers in the Beach Music genre he helped to create, Danny Woods has been inducted into the North Carolina and the South Carolina Music Halls of Fame, both as a member of Chairmen of the Board and as a solo artist. He received awards, accolades and recognition that went far beyond the dreams of the young boy in Atlanta, singing in the church choir.
Astoundingly, through all of the successes Danny enjoyed, he remained as he was in his youth. Above all in his life was his devotion to his Heavenly Father and his faith. He praised his Father for all that he had received in his life and recognized that his talent was a gift from God, a gift he loved to share with others. When not performing or visiting with others, Danny could be found wetting a hook, either on a river bank or on a pier; it never mattered to him as long as he was fishing. He never outgrew his roots. Offstage, he enjoyed the farm life, meeting people, making them smile, and leaving them with the love he had for all, spreading his love of Christ. His stage presence was larger than life, his energy infectious, and his personality endearing. Many called him friend and reached to share a bit of his light.” Elaine Woods
*Photos provided by Danny Woods Facebook page by his fans and sourced from Getty Images.