The technique won him notice and eventually made him a legend. Robinson claimed to have coined the word "copecetic," and certainly was responsible for its popularization.
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson c. Young Bill was reared by his grandmother, Bedilia Robinson, who had been a slave. He got his first professional job inperforming as a member of the pickaninny chorus for Mayme Remington with The South Before the War.
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Fromhe teamed with George W. Bound by the "two-colored" rule in vaudeville, which restricted blacks to performing in pairs, they performed together on the Keith and Orpheum circuits, but did not wear blackface makeup that performers customarily used.
Robinson was a staunch professional, but he was also a gambler who possessed a quick temper and carried a gold-plated revolver. An assault charge in split the act.
Onstage, his open face, twinkling eyes and infectious smile were irresistible, as was his tapping, which was delicate and clear.
Buck or Time Steps were inserted with skating steps or crossover steps on the balls of the feet that looked like a jig, all while he chatted and joked with the audience.
Robinson danced in split clog shoes, ordinary shoes with a wooden half-sole and raised wooden heel. The wooden sole was attached from the toe to the ball of the foot and left loose, which allowed for greater flexibility and tonality. Inhe married Fannie Clay who became his business manager, secretary, and partner in efforts to fight the barriers of racial prejudice.
He was hailed as the greatest of all dancers by at least seven New York newspapers. Robinson turned to Hollywood films in the thirties, a venue hitherto restricted to blacks.
His first film, Dixiana had a predominantly white cast; Harlem is Heaven was the first all-black film ever made. Claiming to have taught tap dance to Eleanor Powell, Florence Mills, and Fred Astaire, Robinson profoundly influenced the younger tap dancers at the Hoofers Club in Harlem, where he also could be found gambling and shooting pool.
Throughout his lifetime, he was a member of many clubs and civic organizations and an honorary member of police departments in cities across the United States.
His participation in benefits is legendary and it is estimated that he gave away well over one million dollars in loans and charities. When Robinson died innewspapers claimed that almost one hundred thousand people turned out to witness the passing of the funeral procession.
The founding of the Copasetics Club insured that his excellence would not be forgotten.Bill “Bojangles” Robinson As a child Robinson worked in racing stables, nursing a desire to become a jockey.
He danced for fun and for the entertainment of others, first appearing on stage at the age of eight. (the songs listed below are sorted by Song Title. BE SURE TO REFRESH THE PAGE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE COMING HERE VIA A FAVORITES LINK, AS THERE HAVE BEEN MANY CHANGES.
Feb 18, · Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was an iconic African-American tap dancer and actor best known for his Broadway performances and film roles.
Synopsis Broadway legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was born Luther Robinson in Richmond, Virginia, on May 25, Born: May 25, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (May 25, – November 25, ) was an American tap dancer and actor, the best known and most highly paid African-American entertainer in the first half of the twentieth century.
His long career mirrored changes in American entertainment tastes and technology. He started in the age of minstrel shows and moved to vaudeville, Broadway, the recording industry.
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (May 25, – November 25, ) was an American tap dancer and actor, the best known and most highly paid African-American entertainer in the first half of the twentieth century.
His long career mirrored changes in American entertainment tastes and technology.
Bibis Showtime nights, we guarantee you'll have a fantastic night as we bring you the best Jazz, Motown and Tribute bands in the country. Bibis Showtimes take place every Wednesday evening and alternate Sunday afternoons.
Non diners are always welcome in the cocktail bar.