maudelynn:

vintage vaudeville entertainers, chicago, c.1924

Original 1921 Shuffle Along cast. Noble Sissle is front, Adelaide Hall is directly behind him in the center. Shuffle Along is the first major successful African American musical with music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1921 and launched the career of Adelaide Hall, Florence Mills and Josephine Baker.

maudelynn:

vintage vaudeville entertainers, chicago, c.1924

Original 1921 Shuffle Along cast. Noble Sissle is front, Adelaide Hall is directly behind him in the center. Shuffle Along is the first major successful African American musical with music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1921 and launched the career of Adelaide Hall, Florence Mills and Josephine Baker.

(via vintagevaudevilleandburlesque)

Helen Mitchell c.1921
Born Helen McRuer in Missouri, Helen Mitchell began her career in various Vaudeville productions in the 1920s, including Shuffle Along in 1921. She was best known for her film roles as Mrs. Ward in “Unmasked” (1929) and as Dona Maria “Zorro’s Fighting Legion” (1939). (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)

Helen Mitchell c.1921

Born Helen McRuer in Missouri, Helen Mitchell began her career in various Vaudeville productions in the 1920s, including Shuffle Along in 1921. She was best known for her film roles as Mrs. Ward in “Unmasked” (1929) and as Dona Maria “Zorro’s Fighting Legion” (1939). (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)

Helen Mitchell in the Broadway musical “Shuffle Along” (1921)

Helen Mitchell in the Broadway musical “Shuffle Along” (1921)

(Source: myspace.com)

Adelaide Hall jazz singer and entertainer, was born in Brooklyn, New York. A self-taught tap dancer, Hall began her long and eventful stage career in Broadway musical 'Shuffle Along' (1921).
She worked with Duke Ellington recorded one of the first scat vocal in jazz on Ellington’s  'Creole Love Call' in 1927. In 1928 she co-starred with Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson in Blackbirds of 1928, Broadway’s longest-running black-cast revue. In the show Adelaide introduced the classic song ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’.
In the 1930s Hall headlined at New York’s famous Cotton Club and opened a nightclubs in Paris and London. She remained in London during WW2, between 1939 and 1945 she made over seventy recordings for Decca. After her nightclub was bombed during the London Blitz, Hall spent the remainder of the war broadcasting for the BBC and entertaining troops. 
Adelaide’s 1947 performance in "Variety in Sepia"  is the earliest surviving BBC television recording.

Adelaide Hall jazz singer and entertainer, was born in Brooklyn, New York. A self-taught tap dancer, Hall began her long and eventful stage career in Broadway musical 'Shuffle Along' (1921).

She worked with Duke Ellington recorded one of the first scat vocal in jazz on Ellington’s  'Creole Love Call' in 1927. In 1928 she co-starred with Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson in Blackbirds of 1928, Broadway’s longest-running black-cast revue. In the show Adelaide introduced the classic song ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’.

In the 1930s Hall headlined at New York’s famous Cotton Club and opened a nightclubs in Paris and London. She remained in London during WW2, between 1939 and 1945 she made over seventy recordings for Decca. After her nightclub was bombed during the London Blitz, Hall spent the remainder of the war broadcasting for the BBC and entertaining troops. 

Adelaide’s 1947 performance in "Variety in Sepia"  is the earliest surviving BBC television recording.

Chorus girls from Eubie Blake’s Shuffle Along. credited as being the first all Black musical on Broadway. 

Chorus girls from Eubie Blake’s Shuffle Along. credited as being the first all Black musical on Broadway. 

(Source: jazzagemusic.blogspot.com)

mdhsphotographs:

Scene from “Shuffle Along”Song: “Bandana Days”Broadway musical by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle1921Photographer unknownEubie Blake CollectionMaryland Historical SocietyMS2800
Eubie Blake (1887-1983) and long-time collaborator Noble Sissle, wrote Shuffle Along, one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African Americans. Blake was born in Baltimore, Maryland and later worked in Brooklyn, New York.
Eubie Blake Collection at MdHS: http://bit.ly/fAjRPd

mdhsphotographs:

Scene from “Shuffle Along”
Song: “Bandana Days”
Broadway musical by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle
1921
Photographer unknown
Eubie Blake Collection
Maryland Historical Society
MS2800

Eubie Blake (1887-1983) and long-time collaborator Noble Sissle, wrote Shuffle Along, one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African Americans. Blake was born in Baltimore, Maryland and later worked in Brooklyn, New York.

Eubie Blake Collection at MdHS: http://bit.ly/fAjRPd