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Entertainers With a Common Bond, Part I
A difficult quiz on entertainers with a special bond.
This entertainer is considered one of the most influential jazz musicians. His first two names are Edward Kennedy. He was born in Washington, D.C. in 1899. Who was this great composer/pianist/band leader?
E.K. "Capitol " Dibbs
This entertainer was born in what is now Belarus but came to the USA when he was about 5. He began his career as a singing waiter in NYC's Chinatown. He soon started writing his own songs. Some of his hits were "White Christmas," "Blue Skies," and "I Like Ike." Who was this great composer?
This husband and wife duo and was one of the top dancing teams of their time. He was born in Europe but they attained fame in the USA. They were famous for introducing American dance styles to the rest of the world. They were also popular in movies and in Broadway shows.
Fred and Adele Astaire
Jacqueline and Harold Nicholas
Vernon and Irene Castle
Andy and Gretchen Springer
This actor/singer/dancer/choreographer/impresario/musician was the most talented part of a family act in vaudeville. Although he and his family claimed he was "Born on the Fourth of July" his birthday was July 3. He wrote more than 50 Broadway musicals. James Cagney portrayed him in a famous biopic.
George M. Cohan
This entertainer is generally considered the most influential female singer in Cuban music. She was born in Havana in 1925 and was famous for her hit albums with Tito Puente.
Suzana Hernandez -Ramirez
This trumpeter was one of the leaders of the Bebop jazz genre. "Bitches Brew " and "Sketches of Spain" were his most famous albums. He won 9 Grammys and countless other awards.
This Prussian-born musician/impresario began as a cigar manufacturer. In 1899 he built his first music venue in New York City. It was the first of many. He, his sons and grandsons formed a dynasty that was very influential in American entertainment.
George M. Cohan
He was an important part of the quartet that integrated jazz. He played the vibes and the drums with several groups.
He was called "The Father of the Blues" and was famous for playing on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
This great tenor sax player was usually photographed wearing a pork-pie hat. His signature song was "Body and Soul."
This German-born cellist came to the USA to play with the Metropolitan Opera and then began writing his own operettas. He wrote "The Naughty Marietta" in 1910.
He played vibes for the Modern Jazz Quartet.
He was a great tenor sax player whose best work was with the Cab Calloway Orchestra. He played a famous solo in the movie "Stormy Weather" that featured Lena Horne. Although his first name was Jean Baptiste, he preferred his middle name.
He was a fine movie actor who had significant roles in "Cry, the Beloved Country" and "Lifeboat." He was also a civil rights leader in the 1930's and 1940's.
Yes, there are many great tap dancers but when tap dancers talk about the greatest they always mention this dancer and his brother, Fayard.
What do the following people have in common: Duke Ellington, Ira Gershwin, Vernon and Irene Castle, George M. Cohan, Celia Cruz, Miles Davis, Oscar Hammerstein, Lionel Hampton, W.C.Handy, Coleman Hawkins, Victor Herbet, Milt Jackson, Illinois Jacquet, Canada Lee, Harold Nichols?
They all were called at the McCarthy hearings.
They all performed in the Kenndedy center in Washington, D.C.
They are all in The Bronx, New York.
They were all given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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