Chapter

First House

Gwen Terry

in Clark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268463
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949782 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268463.003.0045
First House

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Clark, as a part of the Tonight Show and the gigs, made good money, with which he wanted to buy a house in Queens, which he did. Clark, in this chapter, describes the kind of racism he had to put up with, for buying as well as living in that house. Eventually, Clark and his wife made a place for themselves in the neighborhood. Clark managed to keep his gig playing with Bob Brookmeyer at the Half Note after the Tonight Show. Clark also describes his strained relationship with his son, Hiawatha. So much that Hiawatha was sent back to St. Louis. Clark describes this phase of his life as a living through a horrible nightmare. This was also the time when Clark changed his image about his father, realizing that what he did was right.

Keywords: Tonight Show; racism; house; Hiawatha; father

Chapter.  1527 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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