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Jack Johnson: Tiger Rag

1930's

Jack Johnson: Tiger Rag

Jack Johnson: Tiger Rag - 1930s

In this clip, the great boxer Jack Johnson, Heavyweight Champion of the World (1908–1915), conducts the song Tiger Rag, showing that he is quick on his feet both in the ring and on the stage. After defeating James J. Jeffries in original “Fight of the Century” in 1910, Jack Johnson became a cultural icon in […]

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Sweet Sue, Just You

1940's

Sweet Sue, Just You

Soundie: Sweet Sue, Just You - 1940s

This short, a swingy rendition of the classic jazz standard Sweet Sue, Just You, includes chorus lines, neat harmonies, and loads of tap dancing. A Broadway-like number set to film, this short played in 1940s movie theaters between the Bugs Bunny cartoon and a B-movie. A popular song composed in 1928 by Victor Young and […]

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Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie

1950's

Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie

Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie - 1959

Born in 1925, Jimmy Pruett, a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, California, grew up blind. In his youth, he learned both guitar and piano, developing his own unique style by the age of nine. It was around then that country artist Stuart Hamblen discovered Pruett and gave him a spot on his radio show on […]

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Jimmie Rodgers: The Singing Brakeman

1930

Jimmie Rodgers: The Singing Brakeman

Jimmie Rodgers in The Singing Brakeman - 1930

In 1930, Jimmie Rodgers was probably one of the hottest Americana pop artists in America. Five years later, he would be dead. Born in 1897, a native of Mississippi, Jimmie Rodgers, along with the Carter Family, would influence generations of country musicians to come as the Blue Yodeler with songs like “In the Jailhouse Now,” […]

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