Ethel Waters in Philadelphia - early 20th Century

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, page 29:

I saw my first stage shows when I was eight, and without any permission from my grandmother, for she was very strict with me. The shows were vaudeville, put on in the little store-front theaters along South Street. These were like nickelodeons and had tiny stages and folding chairs. Admission cost ten cents, with a few front rows at twenty-five cents. I always stayed to see these shows over and over again, until the manager put me out. When I got home I'd imitate the performers who'd done anything I liked. I'd sing their songs as they'd sung them, songs like "Lovie Joe," "That Ever Loving …   more >>
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Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 29. accessed: 24 June, 2024

location of experience: Philadelphia


Ethel Waters
dancer, Singing

Listening to

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Barber Shop Chord
Lovie Joe
That Ever Loving Man

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gill on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:32:59 +0000