Herb Jeffries
Singer, actor
Herb Jeffries
Herbert "Herb" Jeffries is a retired American jazz and popular singer and actor.
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Sweet and Hot Music Festival brings jazz, classic pop songwriting to LA - 89.3 KPCC
Google News - over 5 years
This year's lineup includes performances by Barbara Morrison, the Mills Brothers and 98 year-old legend Herb Jeffries, best known for a hit single he performed with Duke Ellington. In total, over 50 artists will gather to perform a wide variety of
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Jeffries, jazz's "Flamingo" man, to sit in with orchestra - North County Times
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Herb Jeffries treats the crowd to his renowned singing voice at a fundraiser for the Rotary Club's elementary school music program at the Crest Theater in Oceanside on Sept. 13, 2003. North County Times file photo When Herb Jeffries started singing
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Ötórai jazz, nap mint nap 194. - csábulj el velünk - Zene.hu
Google News - over 5 years
A dal szerzője, Matt Dennis elmondása szerint az Angel Eyes-t elsőként Herb Jeffries énekelte fel, majd Nat „King” Cole egyik lemezének B-oldalán szerepelt, azonban Ella Fitzgerald előadásában nyerte el igazi népszerűségét
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CALIFORNIAN: Concerts and Comedy Calendar for Aug. 18-24, 2011 - North County Times
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Big Band & Jazz Hall of Fame Orchestra: "The Golden Age of Swing" ---- Features clarinetist Tad Calcara and vocalists Herb Jeffries, Barbara Roman and Jan Sutherland; 4 pm Aug. 28; Star Theatre, 402 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside; $25, adults; $23,
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CALIFORNIAN: Concerts and Comedy Calendar for Aug. 11-17, 2011 - North County Times
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Big Band & Jazz Hall of Fame Orchestra: "The Golden Age of Swing" ---- Features clarinetist Tad Calcara and vocalists Herb Jeffries, Barbara Roman and Jan Sutherland; 4 pm Aug. 28; Star Theatre, 402 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside; $25, adults; $23,
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Trini Lopez is a rock 'n' roll pioneer.- 6:52 pm - The Desert Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Some took a slightly longer but less severe north loop via the Mike Schuler trail; others a shorter but more strenuous southern route using portions of the Hopalong Cassidy and Herb Jeffries trails, which featuring an elevated switchback trail that
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CALENDAR: Clubs and Concerts for Aug. 4-10 Preview - North County Times
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Big Band & Jazz Hall of Fame Orchestra: "The Golden Age of Swing" ---- Features clarinetist Tad Calcara and vocalists Herb Jeffries, Barbara Roman and Jan Sutherland; 4 pm Aug. 28; Star Theatre, 402 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside; $25, adults; $23,
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Micheaux festival seeks broader appeal, funding - Daily Republic
Google News - over 5 years
Herb Jeffries was the first African-American singing cowboy, Wilske said, and his movie “The Bronze Buckaroo” will show Friday morning. Visitors can also see “Sergeant Rutledge,” a 1960 film about a Buffalo Soldier accused of murder and rape
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July: Turner Classic Movies looks at Arabs in film - Arizona Republic
Google News - over 5 years
And with its usual thoroughness, it isn't giving us just some familiar Gene Autry or Roy Rogers films, but covering a range from Ken Maynard to Dick Foran to Herb Jeffries. The commercial-free cable station gives us many more opportunities to see films
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Upper Bump and Grind Trail To Become 'Permanently' Closed - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
In 2005, the DFG construction parts of the nearby Hopalong Cassidy, Herb Jeffries and Mike Shuler trails in order to move hikers away from the edge of the reserve. The trails create a loop back to an existing trail and to connect to the Palm Desert
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Jazz On The Range: 5 Cinematic Sides - NPR (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
There's actually a considerable jazz/Western lineage: Singing black cowboy film star and Duke Ellington big-band vocalist Herb Jeffries, the Western Swing phenomenon of the 1930s and '40s, saxophonist Charles Tyler's Western-inspired free-jazz epic
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Signs along hiking trail honor 'Hopalong Cassidy' - The Desert Sun
Google News - almost 6 years
They also pay tribute to Randall Henderson, an author, explorer and early visionary of Palm Desert, and film star Herb Jeffries, also known as the “Bronze Buckaroo,” who created a cowboy hero for African Americans. Both men also have hiking trails
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'He Was My Favorite Actor': Quentin Tarantino, All-Star Line-Up Honor Sidney ... - Movieline
Google News - almost 6 years
And with all apologies to Herb Jeffries, the first black Western I ever saw was Buck and the Preacher. And Uptown Saturday Night, my friends and I went to see that — first show, first day at the Paramount in Hollywood, now the El Capitan
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Exclusive Photos: The Newly Restored AN AMERICAN IN PARIS World Premiere at ... - Assignment X
Google News - almost 6 years
... Diane Baker, Alexis Gershwin, Jerry Mathers, Alicia Arden, Leonard Maltin, Illeana Douglas, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Marshall Allman, Jamie Allman, Juliet Mills, Hayley Mills, Peter O'Toole, Chris Isaak, Rose McGowan, Herb Jeffries, Priscilla Presley,
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Morty Jacobs, George Burns' Longtime Musical Collaborator, Dies at 93 - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - almost 6 years
He composed the hit "Palomino" for singing cowboy Herb Jeffries, and his compositions "Lefty Louie" and "Tell Me More" were recorded by the David Rose Orchestra and June Christy, respectively. Jacobs also worked as a composer with Irving Taylor and
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Lucky Thompson, Jazz Saxophonist, Is Dead at 81
NYTimes - over 11 years
Lucky Thompson, a legendary tenor and soprano saxophonist who took his place among the elite improvisers of jazz from the 1940's to the 1960's and then quit music, roamed the country and ended up homeless or hospitalized for more than a decade, died on Saturday in Seattle. He was 81. His death was confirmed by his son, Daryl Thompson; the cause was
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Gladys Shelley, 92, Songwriter For Cabaret and Advertising
NYTimes - about 13 years
Gladys Shelley, a prolific songwriter whose ballad ''How Did He Look?'' became a cabaret standard and whose jingle for Palisades Amusement Park once saturated the airwaves in the New York area, died on Dec. 9 at home in Manhattan. She was 92. Her death was reported by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, which licenses her
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Herb Jeffries
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 100
    In later years, he resided in Wichita, Kansas. He died of heart failure at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center on May 25, 2014, at the age of 100.
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  • 2010
    Age 96
    He appeared at jazz festivals and events benefiting autism and other developmental problems and lectured at colleges and universities. He supported music education in schools. 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.
    More Details Hide Details This benefit concert was his second (the previous concert was in 2001).
  • 2007
    Age 93
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 90
    In 2004 he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998 a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him. Jeffries was described as the only black singing cowboy star in Hollywood history and, more recently, after the deaths of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and others, as the "last of the singing cowboys." Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock was named after him. His four marriages (including one to exotic dancer Tempest Storm) produced five children.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1968
    Age 54
    In 1968, Jeffries appeared in the long-running western TV series The Virginian playing a gunslinger who intimidated the town.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970s he appeared on episodes of I Dream of Jeannie and Hawaii Five-0. He later directed and produced Mundo depravados, a cult film starring his wife, Tempest Storm. Today Jeffries is respected and remembered as a pioneer who broke down rusted-shut racial doors in Hollywood and ultimately displayed a positive image as a black actor on celluloid. For his recording career, Jeffries has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6672 Hollywood Boulevard.
  • FORTIES
  • 1957
    Age 43
    He was back in America by the 1950s, recording jazz records again, including 1957 collection of ballads, Say It Isn’t So.
    More Details Hide Details In 1995, at age 81, he recorded The Bronze Buckaroo (Rides Again), a Nashville album of songs on the Warner Western label. Touring the Deep South with Hines, Jeffries was struck by the realities of segregation, as the Orchestra’s playing was restricted to tobacco warehouses and black-only movie theatres. Watching young boys fill theatres to watch the latest western, Jeffries resolved to create a cowboy hero geared specifically for such an audience. A self-confessed western buff who had grown up watching the silent escapades of Tom Mix and Jack Holt, in the 1930s Jeffries set out to produce a low-budget western with an all-black cast. Though the silent era had seen a number of films starring only black actors, they had all but disappeared with the economic downturn and the arrival of the talkies, which proved too expensive for many of the "white independents" funding such projects. Jeffries’s ambition was to produce sound cinema’s "first all-Negro musical western". To fund his project, Jeffries approached a veteran B-movie producer named Jed Buell. Jeffries, having obtained finances, wrote his own songs for the film and hired Spencer Williams to appear with him. When Buell wanted to know of a likely candidate for the lead role, Jeffries nominated himself. Having grown up partly on his grandfather’s farm, he had all the requisite horse-riding and roping skills, beside a fine singing voice, but Buell expressed concerns; Jeffries, whose mother was of Irish descent, was "not black enough".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1945
    Age 31
    In 1945, Jeffries had a hit on the Billboard R&B chart with "Left A Good Deal In Mobile" (No. 2), on which he was accompanied by pianist Joe Liggins and his band Honeydrippers.
    More Details Hide Details Then, he moved to Europe and performed there for many years, including at nightclubs he owned.
  • 1944
    Age 30
    The 1944 single "My Little Brown Book" by Ellington and his Famous Orchestra, on which Jeffries provided vocals, reached No. 4 on Billboard R&B chart.
    More Details Hide Details Later on, Jeffries was replaced in the Ellington's band by Al Hibbler. In his teens, Jeffries had developed a fine voice, initially singing in higher registers. He started out his singing career as a lyrical tenor, but, on the advice of Duke Ellington's longtime music arranger, Billy Strayhorn, he lowered his range to mimic the vocal stylings of crooner Bing Crosby. Jeffries became a "silken, lusty baritone," according to music critic Jonny Whiteside.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1940
    Age 26
    His 1940 recording of "Flamingo" with Ellington, released in 1941, sold more than 14 million copies in its day.
    More Details Hide Details His name had been Herbert Jeffrey, but the credits on the record mistakenly called him Jeffries, so he renamed himself to match the typo. "Flamingo" was later covered by a white singer, the popular vocalist Tony Martin. During his time with the Duke Ellington Orchestra as a lead vocalist, Jeffries proved his talent as a mature singer, demonstrating his wide vocal range in such songs as "I Don’t Know What Kind of Blues I’ve Got," "The Brownskin Gal," and "Jump for Joy" (all 1941).
    By 1940, he was singing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and then recorded with him from 1940 to 1942.
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  • 1934
    Age 20
    His first recordings were with Hines in 1934, including "Just to be in Carolina".
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1933
    Age 19
    His break came during the 1933 Chicago World's Fair A Century of Progress International Exposition singing with the Earl Hines Orchestra on Hines’ national broadcasts live from the Grand Terrace Cafe.
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  • 1929
    Age 15
    Raised in Detroit, Jeffries grew up "a ghetto baby" in a mixed neighborhood without encountering severe racism as a child. In the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash of 1929, he dropped out of high school to earn a living as a singer.
    More Details Hide Details He showed great interest in singing during his formative teenage years and was often found hanging out with the Howard Buntz Orchestra at various Detroit ballrooms. Intensely musical from boyhood, he began performing in a local speakeasy where he caught the attention of Louis Armstrong, who gave the teenager a note of recommendation for Erskine Tate at the Savoy Ballroom in Chicago. Knowing that Tate fronted an all-black band, Jeffries claimed to be a Creole, and was offered a position as a featured singer three nights a week. Later he toured with Earl "Fatha" Hines's Orchestra in the Deep South. A 2007 documentary short describes Jeffries as "assuming the identity of a man of color" early in his career. He is shown in Black/White & All That Jazz explaining that he was inspired by New Orleans-born musician Louis Armstrong to say falsely, at a job interview in Chicago, that he was "a Creole from Louisiana" when he was of Irish and Sicilian heritage, among other ethnic backgrounds.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Age 6
    Firm evidence of Jeffries’s race and age is hard to come by, but census documents from 1920 described him as mulatto and listed his father as a black man named Howard Jeffrey.
    More Details Hide Details Jeffries himself, late in life, said that Howard Jeffrey was his stepfather. He said his biological father was Domenico Balentino, a Sicilian who died in World War I. Jeffries once described himself in an interview as "three-eighths Negro", claiming pride in an African-American heritage during a period when many light-skinned black performers were attempting "to pass" as all-white in an effort to broaden their commercial appeal. In marked contrast, Jeffries used make-up to darken his skin in order to pursue a career in jazz and to be seen as employable by the leading all-black musical ensembles of the day. Much later in his career, Jeffries identified as white for economic or highly personal reasons. Jet reported that Jeffries identified as White and stated his "real" name as "Herbert Jeffrey Ball" on an application in order to marry Tempest Storm in 1959. Jeffries told the reporter for Jet:
  • 1913
    Born
    Born on September 24, 1913.
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