in Philadelphia - the 1920's

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, pages 108-109:

Barney Gordon's saloon was on the ground floor. We entertained, though, in a big room upstairs where the customers sat at tables. There was only a two-piece band. Toots Moore, the drummer, and a piano player who could play only in two keys. For a short while I lost my voice trying to sing in his two keys. Barney kept me on while my vocal cords were making their speedy recovery because I could shimmy so good. "Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble," the big shimmy song, had just come out. When the boys played that I'd put my hands on my hips and work my body fast, without moving my feet. There was never …   more >>
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Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 108-109. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1428234759450 accessed: 8 December, 2021

location of experience: Philadelphia

Listening to

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Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble performed by Toots Moore, Ethel Waters

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1920's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gill on Sun, 05 Apr 2015 12:52:39 +0100