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Eddie Green (August 16, 1896 – September 19, 1950) was an African American actor, film director, composer, and radio personality best known for his vocal work in the radio programs Amos 'n' Andy, and Duffy's Tavern.

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Early life and careerEdit

Eddie Green was born on August 16, 1896 in Baltimore, Maryland. Before age eight he had already gained a reputation in local show business circles by performing as a "boy magician" in Baltimore area churches. As he grew into his teen years he started to gain employment in local concert halls as a magician before breaking into the vaudeville circuit, where he made nine dollars a week. Early in his vaudeville career, Green began to branch out from magic and work in burlesque acts. For eleven years, Green worked with the legendary vaudeville company headed by Billy Minsky, Minsky's Burlesque.[1]

Move to Broadway and filmEdit

Green left Minsky in the late 1920s and moved to New York City in 1929. His first major role was in the Broadway production of Hot Chocolates, a black musical review where he performed with the likes of James Baskett and Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. Green would also go on to perform in Blackberries of 1932 (for which he wrote the book), A Woman's A Fool to be Clever, and The Hot Mikado.[2] As the age of the "talking pictures" began, Green participated in creating what would later be known as the "race pictures". Green was involved in many film productions namely; Mr. Adams Bomb, Laff Jamboree, and Mantan Messes Up. Through his film career he got noticed by famous radio personality Rudy Vallée who convinced him to move to radio.[3]

SongsEdit

Green wrote many songs, the best known being "A Good Man Is Hard to Find."[4]

Work in radioEdit

Vallée featured Green heavily on his radio programs The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour, The Royal Gelatin Hour, and Sealtest Dairy Show. He also worked during the 1930s and 1940s with his old friend Louis Armstrong in his variety series where he would perform sketches with Gee Gee James. Some other major radio programs Green appeared on were Maxwell House Show Boat, The Philco Radio Hall of Fame, and Jubilee.[5] However, Green did not gain his highest acclaim until he began to work with Amos 'n' Andy and Duffy's Tavern, the latter of which also became a hit movie. Through his work with Ed Gardner he became one of the most influential black artists in radio.[6]

Eddie Green died of a heart ailment on September 19, 1950 in Los Angeles, California.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Radio Spirits » Blog Archive » Happy Birthday, Eddie Green!". www.radiospirits.info. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  2. ^ League, The Broadway. "Eddie Green – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". www.ibdb.com. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  3. ^ "Eddie Green". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  4. ^ Blacks in Blackface: A Sourcebook on Early Black Musical Shows 0810883511 Henry T. Sampson - 2013 - Eddie Green wrote many hit songs, among them, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” Eddie Green died on September ...
  5. ^ Grams, Martin (2016-09-23). "Martin Grams: EDDIE GREEN: Pioneering Black Filmmaker, Movie Star, Old-Time Radio Icon". Martin Grams. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  6. ^ Green, Elva Dianne (2016). Eddie Green: The Rise of an Early 1900s Black Entertainment Pioneer. Bear Manor Media.