Paghat continues, "Slowy one and then the other two and then additional dancers from off screen all get up to dance to "Caravan." It pretty much turns into a 'dancie' instead of a soundie, and if you overlook the stereotyping costuming, this is pretty fine performing, including some breakdance moves from the guy who wins a trophy, though he has to stop eatin' dat watermelon to receive it.

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Those outside the theaters clamored to get in; those inside refused to leave without hearing more of Smith.

Guitarist Danny Barker as saying: "Bessie Smith was a fabulous deal to watch. If you had any church background like people who came from the [U.

This luxury allowed her to circumvent some of the dispiriting effects of the racism found in both northern and southern states as she traveled with her own tent show or with the Theater Owners' Booking Association (TOBA) shows, commanding a weekly salary that peaked at $2,000. This is a rare original 10"/78 RPM test pressing of the famous "Mumbles Song" by the Deep River Boys on RCA Records -- serial # D7-VA-2057-1A.

Twice she was instrumental in helping save Columbia Records from bankruptcy. This recording was found in a storage facility not far from the original recording studio in Camden, NJ.

This notoriety led to opportunities to appear on stage and in radio.

During the Second World War the group did extensive touring for the USO and provided entertainment for American troops overseas.

Because of limited pressing facilities, even labels such as Decca appeared as laminated pressings.

The superior surfaces of the Australian laminated pressings have thus long been prized by collectors. 1829 newspaper from Bermuda - The Royal Gazette - Bermuda Commercial and General Advertiser and Recorder - Hamilton, Bermuda: Donald Mc Phee Lee (first editor) - No. 2, dated Tuesday, September 15, 1829 - this paper was started in 1828 and is still in production at the present.

Captured far from the African coast when he was a boy of 11, Olaudah Equiano (1745 - 1797) was sold into slavery, later acquired his freedom.