in USA - 1917

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, pages 76-77:

There were no Negro vaudeville circuits then, and the Hills took care of all the business details. Whenever we'd get booked into a city they'd write, enclosing photographs, to theaters in nearby places, asking for dates. Sometimes we could get only thirty-five dollars for the act, so the big trick was to avoid long railway jumps between engagements. None of the theaters paid traveling expenses, although they would advance enough for railroad fare. For our act the Hill Sisters and I did the same numbers that we'd done in Baltimore. I sang, besides "St. Louis Blues," "I'm Going to Shake That…   more >>
cite as

Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 76-77. accessed: 15 April, 2024

location of experience: USA

Listening to

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Come Right In and Stay a While, There Ain't Nobody Here but Me performed by Ethel Waters, Hill Sisters
I'm Going to Shake That Tree Until the Nuts Come Down performed by Ethel Waters, Hill Sisters
I Want to Be Somebody's Baby Doll so I Can Get My Lovin' All the Time performed by Ethel Waters, Hill Sisters
St. Louis Blues performed by Ethel Waters, Hill Sisters

Experience Information

Date/Time 1917
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gill on Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:58:42 +0100