Tap!: The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories, 1900-1955

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Da Capo Press, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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From the vaudeville era, through the Astaire-Rogers movies, to the intricate artistry of bebop, tap has dominated American dance with its rhythm, originality, and humor. This book collects the voices and memories of thirty of America's best-loved tap-dance stars and two hundred rare theater, film, and publicity photographs. Here Shirley Temple recalls her magical duo with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson; Fayard Nicholas describes his days at Harlem's Cotton Club performing with Cab Calloway; Fred Kelly visits his and his brother Gene's Pittsburgh dance studio; Hermes Pan reminisces about his work with George Gershwin, Ginger Rogers, and Fred Astaire; and, in a chapter new to this edition, Toy and Wing tell about their days as the world's leading Asian tap duo. Appended with the most comprehensive listing of tap acts, recordings, and films ever compiled—newly updated for this paperback edition—Tap! brings to life the legends of one of America's most cherished and enduring art forms.
  

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Re-reading this and again enjoying the anecdotal interviews with the best of the tappers from 1900-1955. Read full review

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This is a great book if you are interested in tap dancing and dancers. It includes interviews with some of the most accomplished tappers and I could almost hear them talking. Really interesting! Read full review

Contents

FROM PICKANINNY TO THE PALACE
23
2 FIRST TAP DANCING STAR OF THE SILVER SCREEN
30
3_ THE HOOFERS CLUB
37
KING OF THE ONELEGGED DANCERS
46
5 1920s REHEARSAL HALLS
52
7 FRED ASTAIRES CHOREOGRAPHER
75
8 BILL ROBINSONS DARLIN
86
9 JUST A HOOFER
94
14SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION
134
15FROM VAUDEVILLE TO PICTURES
144
17HOLLYWOODS TAPPINEST CHILD STAR
162
they all stood up and clapped and cheered
219
You dont call him Bill Robinson You call him They called me OnTooLong
226
20WWllS THIS IS THE ARMY 190 1 didnt sell the steps to the audience
241
21THE JIVIN JACKS AND JILLS 202 they were asked if they sang and danced
250
always could tap dance
257

10THE CHINESE FRED ASTAIRE
102
12THE SEPIA CINDERELLA GIRL
118
13LAST OF THE STREET TAP DANCERS
128

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About the author (1994)

Rusty E. Frank is a tap dancer, producer, historian, and tap dance preservationist. She studied with many of the great tap masters; she produced, directed, and appeared in the all-star tap revues Jazz Tap!; and she owns and operates On Tap!, which promotes tap productions and markets tap supplies. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is producing the documentary TAP! The Tempo of America.

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