Duke Ellington’s Black and Tan – 1929

Duke Ellington makes his film debut in the short produced in 1929 based on his pivotal composition Black and Tan

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Amazing Tap Dancing with Little Buck – 1955

Tap dancer Conrad “Little Buck” Buckner was most know for his appearances on television variety shows in the 1950’s and

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I’ll Be Glad when You’re Dead You Rascal, You – 1930’s

Max Fleischer paired Betty Boop with viper man Louis Armstrong in the mid 1930’s. In it Fleischer mixes jazz, live action,

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New Orleans – 1920’s

Newsreel documentary from the 1920’s with photography and animations illustrating old New Orleans, the Crescent City, at work and at

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Black Music in America: From Then Till Now – 1970’s

This tremendous educational documentary from the mid-1970’s examines the priceless contributions of African-Americans to musical heritage, so closely tied to

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Cab Calloway: Minnie Moocher – 1950’s

Performing his signature number, Cab Calloway sings Minnie the Moocher in this performance from the 1950’s. As ever he adds

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Who’s Yehoodi? – 1942

An amusing soundie from 1942, Who’s Yehoodi?, was originally composed in 1940 by Bill Seckler and Matt Dennis. Based on

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Ana Lani & Ray Kinney: Hawaiian Hula Song w/Steel Guitar – 1940’s

Hawaiian Hula Song, a classic. A seductive beauty does the hula while a duo play on guitar and slide. During

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