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Akeman, Stringbean

Colin Escott.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Strings; Country and Western Music. 1448 words.

Akeman, Stringbean (17 June 1914–10 November 1973), banjo player and comedian, was born David Akeman in Annville, Kentucky, the son of James Akeman and Alice (maiden name unknown). Situated...

Bowman [née Bradford], Laura (1881–1957), musical entertainer

Jeffrey Green and Rainer E. Lotz.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Performance Practice and Studies; Musical Structures, Styles, and Techniques. 592 words.

Bowman [née Bradford], Laura (1881–1957), musical entertainer, was born in Quincy, Illinois, USA, on 3 October 1881, the daughter of Charles Bradford (c.1850–c.1915), bartender, and his...

Coda

Judith Hamera.

in Unfinished Business

December 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 3633 words.

The coda to Unfinished Business begins with the election of Donald Trump as US president, presenting this as a bookend to the election of Ronald Reagan nearly four decades earlier....

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Combustible Hopes on the National Stage

Judith Hamera.

in Unfinished Business

December 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 19237 words.

This chapter argues for Detroit as an image and an actual place that spatializes and racializes the affective fallout of deindustrialization using three plays whose 2013 New York runs...

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Consuming Passions, Wasted Efforts

Judith Hamera.

in Unfinished Business

December 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 24759 words.

This chapter examines Michael Jackson’s fiscal travails from 2002 to the release of This Is It in 2010, reading coverage of his consumption, debt, and attempts at recovery as racialized...

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Cousin Emmy

Charles K. Wolfe.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Strings; Country and Western Music. 855 words.

Cousin Emmy (1903–11 April 1980), country singer, banjoist, and comedian, was born Cynthia May Carver near Lamb, a hamlet in south central Kentucky near Glasgow. The youngest of eight...

Ford, Whitey

Patrick Joseph O’Connor.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Strings; Country and Western Music. 1021 words.

Ford, Whitey (12 May 1901–20 June 1986), vaudeville and country musician and comedian, also known as the Duke of Paducah, was born in DeSoto, Missouri, fifty miles from St. Louis. The names...

Gilbert, Ruth Alice “Ronnie”

Ronald D. Cohen.

in American National Biography Online

P ublished online June 2018 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Folk, Indigenous, and Traditional Music; Theatre; Psychotherapy. 1296 words.

Gilbert, Ruth Alice “Ronnie” (7 Sept. 1926–6 June 2015), folksinger, actor, and therapist, was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Sarah and Charles Gibson. Her mother was a dressmaker and...

Hall, Adelaide

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Film; Blues; Jazz. 909 words.

Hall, Adelaide (20 October 1901?–07 November 1993), vaudeville, musical theater, and jazz singer and actress, was born in New York City, the daughter of William Hall, a Pennsylvania German...

Heath, (Seifield) Gordon (1918–1991), actor and folk-singer

Stephen Bourne.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Theatre; Folk, Indigenous, and Traditional Music; Television. 809 words.

Heath, (Seifield) Gordon (1918–1991), actor and folk-singer, was born on 20 September 1918 in New York city, the son of Cyril Gordon Heath, originally from Barbados, and his wife, Hattie, n...

Hill, Chippie

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Blues; Jazz. 944 words.

Hill, Chippie (15 March 1905–07 May 1950), dancer and singer, was born Bertha Hill in Charleston, South Carolina, the daughter of John Hill and Ida Jones. From the age of nine she sang in...

Introduction

Judith Hamera.

in Unfinished Business

December 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 8525 words.

The introduction establishes Michael Jackson and the city of Detroit as exemplary figures of US deindustrialization: distinct cases demonstrating the racialization of structural economic...

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Jefferson, Eddie

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights); Blues; Jazz; Dance; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 1036 words.

Jefferson, Eddie (03 August 1918–09 May 1979), jazz singer, lyricist, and tap dancer, was born Edgar Jefferson in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Information about his parents is unknown. It is...

Kennedy, Douglas Neil (1893–1988), folk musician and dancer

Michael Heaney.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Dance; Performance Practice and Studies; Musical Structures, Styles, and Techniques. 1163 words.

Kennedy, Douglas Neil (1893–1988), folk musician and dancer, was born on 11 May 1893 at 138 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, the son of John Henderson Kennedy (d. 1912?), solicitor and singing...

The Labors of Michael Jackson

Judith Hamera.

in Unfinished Business

December 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music; Dance. 14365 words.

Chapter 1 establishes Michael Jackson’s deindustriality, which is too frequently ignored in favor of white artists like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever or Bruce Springsteen. Jackson...

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Le Clercq, Tanaquil

Mindy Aloff.

in American National Biography Online

P ublished online August 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Photography and Photographs; Dance; Country and Western Music. 1623 words.

Le Clercq, Tanaquil (02 October 1929–31 December 2000), ballerina, teacher, author, and photographer, was born in Paris, France, the daughter of Edith Whittemore Le Clercq, a socialite from...

Lewis, Ted

James Fisher.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Manufacturing; History of Manufacturing and Construction; Dance; Performing Arts; Conducting; Blues; Jazz; Woodwinds; Voice. 1095 words.

Lewis, Ted (06 June 1890–25 August 1971), entertainer, musician, and bandleader, was born Theodore Leopold Friedman in rural Circleville, Ohio, the son of an owner of a dry goods store...

Martin, Sara

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Blues; Jazz. 725 words.

Martin, Sara (18 June 1884–24 May 1955), blues and vaudeville singer, was born Sara Dunn in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of William Dunn and Katie Pope. Nothing is known of her youth....

Pearl, Minnie

Ann T. Keene.

in American National Biography Online

P ublished online June 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Country and Western Music. 1565 words.

Pearl, Minnie (25 October 1912–04 March 1996), entertainer, was born Sarah Ophelia Colley in Centerville, Tennessee, to Thomas K. Colley, a lumberman, and Fannie Tate House Colley, a...

Rainey, Ma

Barbara L. Tischler.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Blues; Jazz. 789 words.

Rainey, Ma (26 April 1886–22 December 1939), vaudeville, blues, and jazz singer and self-proclaimed "Mother of the Blues", vaudeville, blues, and jazz singer and self-proclaimed “Mother of...