Redd Foxx, born John Sanford in St. Louis, Missouri,
left home at 13 and scratched out a living playing washboard in a band.
In the late 40s, Redd worked as a singer and a nightclub comic and began
putting out records (eventually more than 30!) on a California label called
Dooto. He later put out another 30 or 40 records on other labels. After
he caught the attention of Frank Sinatra, his recordings began to attract
a larger audience. He appeared in the film Cotton Comes to Harlem, and
then was given the lead role in a sitcom called Steptoe and Son. From
there, he went on to Sanford and Son -- a TV star at the age of 50.
Material excerpted from: Comedy Stew: The Best of
Redd Foxx; Sony Music Entertainment, 1997.
The Very Best of Redd Foxx (Fugg It!!!); Relativity
Redd Foxx..The Best Of; The Right Stuff, 1997.