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First Generation:
Shorty George 
Leroy Stretch Jones
Twistmouth George

The Golden Age:
Whitey's Lindy Hprs.
Tiny Bunch
Congaroo Dancers
Sandra Gibson
George Grenidge
Leon James
Ann Johnson

  Billy Ricker 




Dorothy  Johnson
Norma Miller
Al Minns
Frankie Manning
Mildred Pollard
Billy Ricker
Willa Mae Ricker
Russell Williams 
 After Seben
The Big Apple
Call Of The Jitterbug
Can't Top the Lindy H
Cootie Williams
Day At The Races
Billy Ricker and his high school sweetheart and wife, Willa Mae , were close friends with Frankie Manning from their pre-Savoy days in the early 30's at the Rennaissance Ballroom till Ricker's death in 1987. Ricker was a member of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers and later worked as one of Norma Miller's Jazzmen. 

Billy Ricker is credited with creating a style of the Lindy Hop called "Mutiny" in which a swing out is followed by one air-step after another. When Frankie Manning first saw Ricker doing this dance with Esther Washington, he exclaimed, "Billy, that's mutiny!" meaning it was mutiny against the traditional Lindy Hop. The name stuck.

Written and researched by Judy Pritchett with Frankie Manning (C)1995-2006. May be reproduced only with explicit written permission. Last updated:16 January 2006. Send your suggestions, corrections or comments to