Monday, February 18, 2013

Mason-Dixon Blues - Birleanna Blanks and Fletcher Henderson

Birleanna Blanks was born February 18, 1889 in Iowa and died August 12, 1968 in New York. She was one of the first African Americans to star in musical comedy theater. In the 1920s, she toured vaudeville in a singing and dancing act with her sister. In 1919, she was in "Over the Top" at Harlem's Lafayette Theater, the beginning of her musical comedy career. She also sang with The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra.

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