The legendary Mayme Hatcher Johnson was born in North Carolina, 1915, and moved to New York City in 1938, where she found work as a waitress at a club owned by singer and actress Ethel Waters.
This post has very little to do with authenticity, I’m afraid. It’s more about race, irony, and the way a song’s meaning changes over time. Continue Reading →
By Bretton Love
With a long history behind it, Harlem is a place that produced a wide range of musical genres and dancing styles that have become popular across the globe. Continue Reading →
NYFOS premieres a fascinating new program called Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: Songs from Gay Harlem, revealing the musical heart of a subculture within a subculture.
Dickie Wells was called the Harlem Playboy, and his club originally built as a bowling alley Dickie Wells aka “Dickie’s club” (above left photograph) was meant to be an off shoot of his reputation at 162 West 133rd Street at Seventh Avenue, in Harlem, NY, 1940-1950. Continue Reading →