Rhythm and Blues Revue (April 15, 1955)

Rhythm and Blues Revue
 

Released on April 15, 1955: (running time 1 hour and 11 minutes) The best African American song and dance performers of 1955 put on a show of shows.

Directed by Joseph Kohn and Leonard Reed

The Actors: Lionel Hampton (himself), Nat 'King' Cole (himself, singer), Sarah Vaughan (herself, singer), Count Basie (himself, jazz pianist), Buddy DeFranco (himself, clarinet player for Count Basie), Clark Terry (himself, trumpet player for Count Basie), Wardell Gray (himself, tenor saxophone player for Count Basie), Cab Calloway (himself, singer), Mantan Moreland (himself, comic), Nipsey Russell (himself, comic), Faye Adams (herself, singer), Bill Bailey (himself, tap dancer), Herb Jeffries (himself, singer), Freddie Robinson (himself, comic), Flo Robinson (herself, comic), Amos Milburn (himself), The Larks (themselves, quartet), Big Joe Turner (himself, Daddy of the Blues), The Delta Rhythm Boys (themselves, singers), Martha Davis (herself, singer), Little Buck (himself, tap dancer), Ruth Brown (herself, singer), David Bowers (himself, one of The Larks), Orville Brooks (himself, one of The Larks), Gene Mumford (himself, one of The Larks), Leonard Reed (himself), Willie Bryant (himself, master of ceremonies)

 

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Jazz, Blues, & The Birth of Rock ‘n Roll

Nat King Cole recorded over one hundred hit songs in the 1940’s and 1950’s and hosted his own weekly television show in 1957. You will see a very young Nat King Cole perform one of his most unusual songs.

After dropping out of school, William Basie got a job operating the lights at a Vaudeville theater and playing improvised music during the silent films at the theater in Red Bank New Jersey. Soon he went to Harlem, meeting some of the pioneers in a new form of music called Jazz. He created the Count Basie Orchestra in 1936 and for fifty years was one of the legendary performers of classic Jazz. Count Basie and His Orchestra will perform two hit songs for us.

On June 30, 2001, Jazz legend Lionel Hampton was in the East Room of the White House, where President George W. Bush held a ceremony honoring him for his decades of fame as a Jazz music performer. A very young Lionel Hampton will perform two songs for us.
Sassy Sarah Vaughan was a four-time Grammy Award winner, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1989 she was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts highest honor in jazz, the Jazz Masters Award. You will watch her perform and hear her legendary jazz voice from her very young years.

Big Joe Turner, The Daddy of the Blues, will sing his legendary tune, “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”

The Star of the Cotton Club in Harlem, Cab Calloway, will perform his legendary hit, “Minnie the Moocher.”

“Rhythm and Blues Review,” was filmed at the Apollo Theatre on 253 W. 125th street in Harlem. This movie gives us a time-travel adventure to experience the finest music, musicians, and comedy of the day, performed by the African American pioneers of Jazz, Blues, and comedy. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Amos Milburn
Amos Milburn
Amos Milburn
Amos Milburn
Big Joe Turner
Big Joe Turner
Big Joe Turner
Big Joe Turner
Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey
Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway
Count Basie
Count Basie
Delta Rhythm Boys
Delta Rhythm Boys
Faye Adams
Faye Adams
Faye Adams, Willie Bryant
Faye Adams, Willie Bryant
Faye Adams
Faye Adams
Faye Adams
Faye Adams
Flo Robinson
Flo Robinson
Flo Robinson, Freddie Robinson
Flo Robinson, Freddie Robinson
Flo Robinson
Flo Robinson
Freddie Robinson
Freddie Robinson
Freddie and Flo Robinson
Freddie and Flo Robinson
Freddie Robinson, Willie Bryant
Freddie Robinson, Willie Bryant
Herb Jeffries
Herb Jeffries
Herb Jeffries
Herb Jeffries
Lionel Hampton
Lionel Hampton
Lionel Hampton
Lionel Hampton
Little Buck
Little Buck
Mantan Moreland
Mantan Moreland
Mantan Moreland
Mantan Moreland
Martha Davis
Martha Davis
Martha Davis
Martha Davis
Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
Nipsey Russell
Nipsey Russell
Nipsey Russell, Mantan Moreland
Nipsey Russell, Mantan Moreland
Niipsey Russell, Willie Bryant
Niipsey Russell, Willie Bryant
Niipsey Russell, Willie Bryant
Niipsey Russell, Willie Bryant
Nipsey Russell
Nipsey Russell
Nipsey Russell
Nipsey Russell
Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown, Willie Bryant
Ruth Brown, Willie Bryant
Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown
Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan
The Larks
The Larks
Willie Bryant
Willie Bryant
Willie Bryant, Freddie Robinson
Willie Bryant, Freddie Robinson
Willie Bryant
Willie Bryant