Ben Black in Los Angeles - early 20th Century

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, page 178:

The song pluggers began to come after me to sing their numbers. I'll never forget one of them. His name was Ben Black and he came to my dressing room when we were playing the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Ben Black told Earl he was crazy about the way I sang "My Man," also "She's Funny That Way," which I did "He's Funny That Way," as a reverse switch. Ben wanted me to try "Eïli, Eïli [Oh, God! Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?]" during my act. He said that another Negro performer, George Dewey Washington, who was then with Paul Ash's Band, was getting wonderful results with it. I heard…   more >>

cite as

Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 178. accessed: 12 June, 2024

location of experience: Los Angeles


Listening to

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My Man performed by Ethel Waters
She's Funny That Way performed by Ethel Waters

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by Gill on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:56:00 +0100
Approved on Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:49:05 +0100