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Program 609
Original Airdate: 3/21/1976

Subject Keywords
Afro-American - Entertainers
Afro-American musicians
Afro-American women
Music - Performance
Vaudeville - United States

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Arnette, Mae
Brown, Winnie
Crocket, Novella
Hart, Tanya
Lewis, Sabby
Spencer, Willie
Underwood, Bobby
Wallace, Norman

Corporate Names
Jones Brothers, The (musical group)
Sabby Lewis and Company (musical group)

Program Description
Host Tanya Hart provides a brief survey of the unique contributions African Americans have made to music, film, dance, and theater in the United States, and describes the vaudeville experience, which is the focus of the program. In an effort to recreate vaudeville shows, Say Brother arranged for in-studio performances by some of the popular entertainers of the 1920s-1950s in Boston (and elsewhere): vocalist Novella Crocket, tap dancers Willie Spencer and Winnie Brown, dancer Norman Wallace (famous for his backward dance up a wall with flip), comic/singer/dancer Bobby Underwood (performing "Mack the Knife" and "Bye Bye Blues"), the Jones Brothers (a musical group), and Sabby Lewis and Company (who accompany other program performers and perform individually). Program includes a conversation between Sabby Lewis and vocalist Mae Arnette, in which they discuss the popular clubs in Boston of the 1950s and the different performers they knew.

Marita Muhammad Rivero

Associate Producer
Barbara Barrow
Vickie Jones

Conrad White

Dighton Spooner

Tanya Hart

Mae Arnette

Jones Brothers, The (musical group)
Sabby Lewis and Company (musical group)
Winnie Brown (dancer)
Novella Crocket (vocalist)
Willie Spencer (dancer)
Bobby Underwood (singer / dancer)
Norman Wallace (dancer)

Lydia Allen (intern)
Bruce Bordett (stage manager)
Kissette Bundy (intern)
Brian Clarke (intern)
Vern Coleman (audio)
June Cross (production assistant)
Bill Fairweather (video)
Rebecca Hill (make-up)
Dick Holden (technical production)
Pat Kane (video)
Sharon Kramer (graphic designer)
Frank Lane (camera)
Fran Mahard (scenic design)
John Plausse (lighting director)
Technical Production (technical production)
Kathy Smith (switcher)
Dighton Spooner (researcher)
Bob Wilson (camera)

Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-03305
Original footage 1/2" reel-to-reel videotape (item number not yet assigned)
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-01653A
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-01653
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette A3305-1
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette A3305-2
Viewing copy VHS cassette (item number not yet assigned)

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