Category 1921

The Talented Sheb Wooley

The Talented Sheb Wooley

Sheb Wooley

Shelby Fredrick “Sheb” Wooley (April 10, 1921 – September 16, 2003) was a character actor and singer, best known for his 1958 novelty song “The Purple People Eater.” He played Ben Miller, brother of Frank Miller, in the film High Noon; played Travis Cobb in The Outlaw Josey Wales; and also had a co-starring role as scout Pete Nolan in the television series Rawhide.

Sheb Wooley

Wooley in 1971
Background information
Birth name Shelby Fredrick Wooley
Also known as Ben Colder
Born April 10, 1921
Erick, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died September 16, 2003 (aged 82)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country, pop music
Occupations Actor, singer
Years active 1955–1971
Labels MGM
Wooley is also credited as the voice actor who produced the Wilhelm scream sound effect.

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The Life And Times Of Josephine Baker Part Four

LegacyThe Life And Times Of Josephine Baker Part Four

Baker dancing the Charleston, 1926
Place Joséphine Baker in the Montparnasse Quarter of Paris was named in her honor. She has also been inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame, and on 29 March 1995, into the Hall of Famous Missourians.
In 2015 she was inducted into the Legacy Walk. The Piscine Joséphine Baker is a swimming pool along the banks of the Seine in Paris named for her.
Writing in the on-line BBC magazine in late 2014, Darren Royston, historical dance teacher at RADA credited Baker with being the Beyoncé of her day, and bringing the Charleston to Britain. Two of Baker’s sons, Jean-Claude and Jarry (Jari), grew up to go into business together, running the restaurant Chez Josephine on Theatre Row, 42nd Street, New York City...

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The Life And Times Of Josephine Baker Part Two

The Life And Times Of Josephine Baker Part Two

Career

Early years

Baker’s street-corner dancing attracted attention, leading to her being recruited for the St. Louis Chorus vaudeville show at the age of 15. She headed to New York City during the Harlem Renaissance, performing at the Plantation Club and in the chorus lines of the groundbreaking and hugely successful Broadway revues Shuffle Along (1921) with Adelaide Hall and The Chocolate Dandies (1924). Traditionally the dancer in this position  performed in a comic manner, as if she were unable to remember the dance, until the encore, at which point she would perform it not only correctly but with additional complexity. Baker was billed at the time as “the highest-paid chorus girl in vaudeville”.
Baker’s career began with her doing black...

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The Life And Times Of Josephine Baker Part One

The Life And Times Of Josephine Baker Part One

Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker (born Freda Josephine McDonald; 3 June 1906 – 12 April 1975) was an entertainer, activist, and French Resistance agent. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. During her early career she was renowned as a dancer, and was among the most celebrated performers to headline the revues of the Folies Bergère in Paris. Her performance in the revue Un Vent de Folie in 1927 caused a sensation in Paris. Her costume, consisting of only a girdle of bananas, became her most iconic image and a symbol of the Jazz Age and the 1920s.
Josephine Baker

Baker in Havana, Cuba, 1950
Born
Freda Josephine McDonald
3 June 1906
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died
12 April 1975 (aged 68)
Paris, France
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Birth And Death Of 1921 In Music

Birth And Death Of 1921 In Music

Birth And Death Of 1921 In Music

Birth And Death Of 1821 In Music

One thing I should say since I’m going by year, and not by favorites (wait until I get into The 1960’s for that), I want you to know that every year doesn’t mean I’m going to pick someone to blog about. I”m only doing those which I like, or I’ll never get out of The 1920’s, The 1930’s, and The 1940’s. With that in mind, Birth And Death Of 1921 In Music, has none that I like, but I thought I should do this year to keep the timeline intact. When I do the next year I might have more than one, so it evens in the end.

Births

January 10 – Helen Bonchek Schneyer, folk musician (d. 2005)
January 17 – Lorna Cooke deVaron, choral conductor
January 22 – Arno Babajanian, composer (d. 1983)
January 26 – Eddie Barclay, music produce...

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