Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Herb Jeffries, RIP -- May 27, 2014

I was sad to learn of the passing at the age of 100 of Herb Jeffries, the Bronze Buckaroo, who sang with Duke Ellington and Earl Hines  and starred in a series of western "race movies."  Some sources claim that he was a white man who passed as black, while others claim that his Sicilian father was of partly Ethiopian descent. Does it matter? 

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