The engagement ended, and so did he, for a significant period of time.
The last place where they worked together was the Bar Harbor in Utica, New York, towards the end of 1932. In the interview, Bobby did not explain what happened next, but the newspapers were full of reports about the break-up between Billie and her “fiancé”. It was around the same time that Bobby failed to turn up for an important recording session arranged by producer John Hammond. He then went into self imposed exile…
He changed his name to Jody Bolden, in honour of his namesake, the famous New Orleans cornet player, “King” Buddy Bolden (1877-1931), who was arrested for dementia [the term then used for schizophrenia] in 1906 and was committed to a mental institution in 1907, where he remained until his death.
…(Henderson) pretty well disappeared from the jazz scene until he was rediscovered and recorded by John Hammond in 1956.