Herb Jeffries

Singer + Actor
Born Sep 24, 1913

Herbert "Herb" Jeffries is a retired American jazz and popular singer and actor.

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1913 Birth Born on September 24, 1913.


1933 19 Years Old His break came during the 1933 Chicago World's Fair—Century of Progress Exposition singing with the Earl Hines Orchestra on Hines’ national broadcasts live from the Grand Terrace Cafe.


1934 20 Years Old His first recordings were with Hines in 1934, including "Just to be in Carolina".
1940 26 Years Old He then recorded extensively with Duke Ellington from 1940 to 1942. … Read More
1943 29 Years Old He was replaced in the Ellington band by Al Hibbler in 1943. … Read More


1968 54 Years Old In 1968, Jeffries appeared in the long-running western TV series The Virginian playing a gunslinger who intimidated the town.


1995 81 Years Old At age 81, he recorded a Nashville album of songs on the Warner Western label in 1995 entitled The Bronze Buckaroo (Rides Again). … Read More
2004 90 Years Old In 2004, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. … Read More
2007 93 Years Old In 2007, while assembling material for the producers of a documentary film about him (A Colored Life), Jeffries found his birth certificate; this reminded him that he actually was born in 1913 and that he had misrepresented his age after he left home to look for a job. … Read More
2010 96 Years Old In June 2010, aged 96, Jeffries performed to raise funds for the Oceanside (California) Unified School District's music program, accompanied by the Big Band Jazz Hall of Fame Orchestra under the direction of clarinetist Tad Calcara. … Read More
2011 97 Years Old As of 2011, Jeffries is the sole surviving member of that Earl Hines orchestra.
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