Lloyd Trotman

Birth name Lloyd Nelson Trotman
Born May 25, 1923
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Died October 3, 2007 (aged 84)
Genres Jazz, R&B
Instruments bass

Lloyd Trotman (May 25, 1923 – October 3, 2007), born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, was an American jazz bassist, who backed numerous jazz, dixieland, R&B, and rock and roll artists in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He resided in Huntington, Long Island, New York 1962-2007 and Corona-East Elmhurst, New York 1945-1962. He worked primarily out of New York City. He provided the bass line on Ben E. King’s”Stand by Me”.

Trotman became a session musician for Atlantic Records and other independent record companies and throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s he backed a wide variety of artists, including R&B artists such as Varetta Dillard, LaVern Baker, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Al Hibbler, Big Joe Turner, Nappy Brown, Linda Hopkins, Mickey “Guitar” Baker, Chuck Willis, Ben E. King, The Drifters (“Save The Last Dance For Me”), Sam Cooke, James Brown, Pat Thomas,The Platters, Everly Brothers, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Clyde McPhatter, Ivory Joe Hunter, Jackie Wilson, Mickey And Sylvia, The Coasters, The Clovers, The Isley Brothers, Big Maybelle. Memphis Slim, Brother John Sellers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Otis Blackwell, Ray Peterson,and Cousin Joe, Dinah Washington, and Brook Benton.

He worked with, traveled with, and recorded with many jazz artists including Johnny Hodges, Woody Herman, Lawrence Brown, Bud Powell,Big Al Sears, Henry “Red” Allen, Coleman Hawkins, Jimmy Scott,Billy Taylor, Don Wilkerson, Billie Holiday, Lucky Millinder, Boyd Raeburn, Blanche Calloway.

As a session musician he worked for Atlantic Records, RCA Victor, Mercury records, Okeh records, Vik Records, Cadence records, Brunswick Records and many other recording studios during the 1950s.

Trotman played on the following T.V.shows: Tommy Dorsey Show with Henry”Red” Allen-(September 1954);Alan Freed T.V.Show-(May,July,1957);PM East-PM West with Sam Cooke-(May–June 1961); Ed Sullivan Show with Paul Anka-(April 1963).

He worked with Henry “Red” Allen at the Newport Jazz Festival (July 5. 1959)He played the New York World’s Fair Wonder World-Aqua Show(April–July 1964).He also did the Broadway play “Flora The Red Menace” with Liza Minnelli(May–July 1965)

Lloyd Trotman died, aged 84, on October 3, 2007 on Long Island, and is buried at Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale, New York.


Duke Ellington / Billy Strayhorn – Great Times! (1950)
Big Joe Turner – “Shake, Rattle and Roll” (1954), “Corrine, Corrina” (1956)
Chuck Willis – “C.C. Rider” (1957)
Henry “Red” Allen – World on a String (1957)
The Coasters – “Yakety Yak” (1958)
Ruth Brown – Ruth Brown (Atlantic, 1957), Miss Rhythm (Atlantic, 1959)
Ben E. King – “Spanish Harlem” (1960), “Stand by Me” (1961)
Don Wilkerson – Elder Don (1962)
The Drifters “Save The Last Dance For Me”(1960)
King Curtis- Azure (1960)
[Erskine Hawkins]-[The Hawk Blows At Midnight](1960)
Big Maybelle-Whole Lotta Shakin’Goin’On(1955)
Screamin Jay Hawkins- I Put A Spell On You(1956)
Everly Brothers- Let It Be Me(1959)
Big Al Sears – The Big Raw Tone (King-1951)
Johnny Hodges – Castle Rock (Verve, 1951-52 [1955]), In a Tender Mood (Norgran, 1952 [1955])
Ray Charles- Mess Around (Atlantic-1953)
Memphis Slim – Legend of the Blues Vol. 1 and vol.2 (Verve-1967)
Memphis Slim – The Legacy of the Blues Vol. 7 (Sonet, 1973)
James Brown-Prisoner of Love (King-1963)
Jackie Wilson- Reet Petite

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