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...Sophie Tucker was one of the most popular entertainers in the United States during the early twentieth century despite, or perhaps because of, her being initially deemed too unattractive and overweight for the stage. Tucker found her fame...

Chicago, IL: State Street

Paul Oliver

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...A road in Chicago running due north and south within the grid system, State Street lies to the east of the city and west of Lake Michigan. From early in the twentieth century a major stretch of the street, lying due south of the Wabash...
...Né Luther “Bojangles” Robinson was born in Richmond, Virginia, on May 25, 1878. After the loss of both his parents in 1885, Luther and his brother Bill were raised by their grandmother. At the age of five, Luther began dancing for a living....
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...As a master of the ukulele and banjolele, George Formby became the UK’s highest-paid entertainer with his catalog of popular and comic songs. Formby was born in 1904 in Lancashire, England. His father was a music hall singer and strongly...

Al Jolson

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...Al Jolson (Asa Yoelson) claimed to have been born in 1886 to a Russian-Jewish family in what is now Lithuania. In 1891 his father moved to New York City to secure employment and housing for his family, which followed him to Washington, D.C....

Bessie Smith

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...The African American so-called “Empress of the Blues” was born on April 15, 1894, in Tennessee, USA. Smith lost her father soon after she was born and lost her mother in her preteen years. Smith and her six siblings were then raised...

Burlesque

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Burlesque is an English musical theater genre that transferred to the United States in the nineteenth century, where it grew into a varied and, for a time, commercially successful form with close links to other forms of popular theatrical...

Estrada

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Estrada is a Russian term, roughly equivalent to variety or vaudeville in the English-speaking world, referring to forms of light entertainment performed on stage. The word estrada also appears in Central and Eastern European and Baltic...
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...Egbert Austin Williams was the first black American to have full control over the production of his own films for a general audience, though he is more commonly known as one of the first black popular stage entertainers. Ironically, he had...

Cape Coast

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 61,000 (1990) Cape Coast is the regional capital of the coastal Fanti region of southern Ghana where the Europeans first established their forts-cum-ports. Consequently, various transcultural forms...