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THE PITTSBURGH 5. . IcDgiaimgles IPflaimiteall ! 3 r - i t JTBW YORK Lonf before the "tree In Brooklyn" became celebrated In sonf and - story. Bill Robinson had planted "the tree of hope" in an Island section of Seventh Avenue - near the fabled Lafayette Theatre. Young hopefuls who came - to New York to seek fame in show business would solemnly - kiss this, tree and hope fervently that they would make the grade. - Now the tree Is but a stump on Seventh Avenue, those who remember It when It flourished recall the treat deeds of "old" Bojanffles. . .. - " " Bojangles Died Broke ' (Continued from Page 1) and board. ( For the next ten years he traveled the country - with shows, but still paid no attention to his talented feet. Most of his time was spent in pool rooms, dance halls or - where - ever .the easy roll made a buck. DURING THIS TERIOD, Robin on went alonp living, his life, it wasn't until 1907 - 8 that he began to attract some atentlon as a member of the team, Cooper and Robinson It was a small time act working the tank towns and the honky tonka. ' ' It wss just about this time that he ran into Marty Forklns, who i later - managed him for forty years. It seems that in one of his ! frequent pool room brawls. Bill In fighting his way out with the , heavy end of - cue stick, eonked a cop.. When the policeman re - gained consciousness, he statred on the hunt for the dancer - with intent to arrest. 8omehow Marty got him out of this mess turned him into a "single" and things started happening. j Hl first hie iob waa - at the Marl gold Garden in Chicago. Booked 1 for a four weeks' run, the .great dancer was held over for a year, He followed this engagement with a fill - in at the Chicago Majestic Theatre. After this . appearance, Marty Forkins booked him solid for ' eight years and he worked sixty week - out of fifty - t, o. This achleve - i ment was made possible by double ! dates. ON HIS WAY to the top. BUI hit the . Palace here and. was a tremendous success. He was going great guns when in 1927, vaudeville started its death struggle with the screen. The - coup de grace was added in that year when .the first talking picture "The Jart Singer" hit the screens of the nation. How - ; ever, there was no stopping the 1 dancer now. - Turning from raadeTde, he entered Lew Leslie's sagging "Blackbirds of 1M7." Bin made the show and the show put Bin on the "big time" for sure.: After t sixty weeks. In "Blackbirds," he - next formed his own show, "Brown Buddies. This was when Negro musical was "the thing" on the Big Street, When "Buddies" closed, Marty , booked BOI Into the Paramount for the magnificent sum of S,00 per week - In both' the Manhattan rand Brooklyn houses. 1 - Bojangles' Rites More Impressive Than Flo Mills' aouTo Qoliovo DcocdglddC'ds CreomuhiMrtlievw promptly because it goes right to the seat of the trouble to help loosen and expel germ laden' phlegm and aid nature to. soothe and beat raw, tender, inflamed bronchial mucous membranes. Tell your druggist to sell you a bottle of Creomulsion with the understanding you must like" the way it quickly allays the cough or you are to have your money back CREOr.ilJLSION f or Co ujhi,Che$tCold5, Bronchitis I - - - A l v - f ' - .or t r - - v . x S ' ,i wV jrif "' . ... " :;y ;Nf; . x . xS: - : : III! . ' ' ! - 'si' , J - MAYOR WILLIAM ODWYER ... cordt of pralt CONGRESSMAN POWELL V . . high praise for Bill Close Harlem Schools For Bojangles Rites In (Continued from Page 1) ! ' j j rfnns rtf rtrtliPA oq In fori A f L9n fVi - . - ,. .amj . j v..'. - . I dreds filed past the dancer's bier. i. ' Far into the night New York's masses paid tribute to isojangies, a faint smile still playing about his lips. They marveled that a man 71 years old could appear so youthful. Death came to the Gloved dancer at 7:28 P. Ml, Friday, of a heart ailment, in the Ilarkness Pavilion of Columbia - Presbyterian Medical Center.) His wife, Elaine, was at his bedside when he died,and so was Marty Forkins, his friend and manager for forty - odd years, with whom Robinson never signed a contract. j MARIAN Anderson Robinson battled gallantly for his life even Rafter he ... . oii - rTinisr eong remained in an oxygen tent for a week, but the great heart tnai gave so mucn to so many was not equal to the task. wnen news of his deatn was ; flashed, the ' nation gasped: America had prayed that Bill would null throueh: even those who knew him only as a great dancer felt a pang oecause nis staccato mytnms never again would enliven a stage nor would his famed stairs be descended. But he left a rich heritage. . j . r After a solemn procession from1 the Armorv. Robin son's body was carried through the thickly massed crowd into Abyssinian Baptist Church, where the pastor, the! Rev. A. Clayton Powell Jr., officiated, assisted bv the Rev. John Johnson, chaplain of the Negro Actors Guild. j Contralto Marian Anderson sang "Ave Maria" and Robert Merrill, baritone of the Metropolitan Opera, sang The Lord's Prayer." Hazel Scott Powell played Chopin's "Funeral March." Mayor O'Dwyer delivered the eulogy. Noble Sissle and Dr. Huddie Oliver Sr. spoke J - A 1 , uuring ine services. NEW YORK Back In 1927 Broadway bowed Its head for another beloved trouper, Florence Mills; whose funeral was said to be the most . impressive at that time. But even more extensive police arrangements were made for Robinson's rites. Miss Mills' career flared brilliantly and died quickly, but Bill Robinson's flame burned brightly .and steadily for more than sixty - flve years, covering motion pictures, stage, radio and night clubs. The sight of Broadway shrouded in gloom was a spectacle that never will be forgotten. PAGE BOTt Drtsstd with a double row of beautiful curls Bm m Brmm.I4.IS lUn. tray. SWITCHES to w.M Sfl 4 liHfrviM. Pin allty wr holt. 3 s iImI ASOUT )f tONC. Ilwk t ' f 9mw94 Qnrf w 4J - - AIOUT 12" IONO fluar oval - Abt 12 Una. Oaabia Hand w. Warn - an back f ftW SOT tV OT : - It was during his Paramount en gagemsnt that the "Boss," as Bill called Forklns, sold him to Winnie Sheehan of ' the movies, and Bo s film career started. His first con tract' called for; $12,000 per week with a sliding Increase on an option His first flicker was "The Little Colonel" with the then baby star, Shirley Temple. It became one of the most popular pictures of the 30s and the dancer seemed established in. Hollywood. Fox, however, farmed him out to RKO who paid him $32,000 for his part in "Hurray For Love, HIS XEXT FILM deal was with MGM and he was cast in "The Great Ziegfeld." He was to play the late Bert Williams , but nis part was left on the cutting room floor. He got $25,000 .for this. After making the "Littlest Rebel, - , again with Temple, he went into "In Old Ken tucky" and was paid $70,000. - At the height of his film career. Bill ran Into trouble with a young student and left Hollywood after bashing him In the - head with his gold pistol. .Even in Hollywood they - couldn't accept a colored star striking a white boy and Bill's picture work bogged way down. .He worked the best theatres and night clubs throughout the country and amassed a fortune that ex - US 4.IS Other PAGI BOYS Slack ar Srawa aafcla Wall Pat Ba tS - SC MM Pafa Ut . IM mat trey $UN CHIGNONS taft, hit rail, ellariaf V - Twaa tall , US, ataaa Srrf . SI 'AJt - Ov WICS txvartty A ) ( fkil aar Hrm ItHlaf akisLs - Ua Uk )tST1.M cuais trawa of Slack tab carta SJJI OHM Oklaaf Carle . SUM 1 1 Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Walter B. Cook firm. - - i Robinson was dressed In a blue double - breasted suit, white shirt. ana a gray ana rea tie. The American ilag was draped on the gray casket. Two patrolmen from the Thirty - second Precinct, one whit and. the other Negro, were his honor guard. (Robinson was one of the lew civilians whose bodies were permitted to lay in state In a military establishment.) j ; In the democracy of the dead all men are created equal: fa mous stars of stage, screen, radio, political i leaders, industrial tycoons and socialites rubbed shoulders with the little people to rav their respects to a man who had brought untold happiness to millions of people all over the world. ' i Following the services, Harlem linked hands with Times Square as the cortege rolled slowly for four miles in honor of Bojangles, pass ing through the streets he loved enox Avenue. 125th and Seventh Avenue through Central Park West to Columbus Circle and then down Broadway to the Palace Theatre, where Bill reigned supreme so many times. At the statue of Father j Duffy a band and mixed choir met the cortege. After a brief ceremony before the Palace Theatre, where ; a veri table garden of flowers were placed on automobiles in the procession. the cortege moved slowly across the' Manhattan Bridge to - Brooklyn s Evergreen Cemetery where the great dancer's remains were interred Then Broadway turned back to its myriad pursuits with a heavy heart. The big street did not say goodye, it merely said, "So long. Bil" Survivors are his widow, Elaine, his brother, Percy of North Caro lina, and a sister - in - law, Mrs. Dorothy Smalls, Among the many honorary pallbearers were: Gov, Thomas E Dewey, Joe Louis, Lena . Home, Ray Robinson, Milton Berle, Earl Brown. Billy Rose,. Louis B. Mayer. Cole forter, Larry Dooy, Robert Wajrner Jr. Robert Wagner Sr., Commissioner William D. O'Brien, Duke Ellington. Cab Calloway. Nat Cole, lonei Hampton, Joe UiMsg gio, Judge Charles Toney, Justice Francis Rivers, Judge Hubert Delany, Harry M. Warner, Jack Warner, Eddie Mannix, Groucho Marx,, Toots Shor. Georze Jessel. Jimmy uurante, jacx Kenny, uing urosoy, j Edgar Hoover, Senator Herbert Lehman, Bob Hope, Sam Suber, Jackie RoMnson and Marty Forkins. I J1J"P J Miisiaaa i i km em set s roa much mori Scant Iful - Print Ptrealf.' Ointhiaii. Rhirtlrua - tt Gnartat i FAST C0L0L J, I ml rarda af WktU 30 ta S torlica. .All Mtt aa. Taia H a art tnt4 afier. OM.T aa IL'SH raw ardet hack. I than IS rardi. ONLY $2.98 V. o. v. awa (Maiate. nmrutlM tnarantard ata eherfIl ntondrd. W - if thaaiiil atfled cimraawn . Order tadaj. Caiaa MUi Ip. OfCl. J:S, 33, Kaotktlla. R. far a ahart lliaa 12 - YARD tUNDLE ceeded three million dollars. If the performances he gave, for nothing, some 400 benefits per year, were added to this f igure it would go well over the five million mark. Never a - man to see unhappiness unchecked, the great Bojangles gave away almost a million of this amount and lost plenty more over a dice or pool table. - WHEN HE DIED last Friday, he was broke, but his friends rallied to him in a manner befitting the great hearted guy. he was. As a result, he was buried like a king, and a few dollars will be left over from the BUI Robinson Fund, which Ed Sullivan ' started. . to 'give to his family. .The Ufa of Bill Robinson is per haps one of the most colorful in the history of the theatre. His genius as a dancing artist has no .. ; - SENSATIONAL XMAS SPECIAL , ! peers and his engaging personality made him a spotlight standout There is no truth to the belief that he was an "Uncle Tom" for he would fight a white man as quick as he would one of his own color. He stood for no racial slurs - and took them from no man. ; Never 111 In the early days, he performed continuously In vaude - . vllle and never missed a week. As a - sideline, he taught his own method of dancing to . hundreds of white professionals and una - tuers from aU over the world. For two years he conducted classes at the Albert Lna. nasch Studio ' on West Fifty - Seventh Street. Privately, he , had Instructed Ruby ' Keeler, Dorothy Stone and Eleanor FowelL A great favorite with the critics, Robinson captured their: imagination both at home and abroad. A London critic wrote, "This captivating step - dancer is a veritable bundle of joy." In America they just referred to him as the king of tap dancers. 1

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  2. 03 Dec 1949, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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