Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

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Where's Fayard?

One of the great things about life... and especially the Internet, is that it points out the interrelatedness of all things. Case in point... bet you never knew I was some kind of authority on the 1920s-1930's era history of Harlem, did you?! Well, apparently I am, because a person from PBS' "American Masters" series is trying to get ahold of Fayard Nicholas and wanted me to point them in the right direction. No, I don't have Fayard's phone #/contact info, but I'm pretty sure I know who does...

You see, when it comes to research (and especially Internet-based research), I'm pretty damn good. I was using the Internet to research material to create the definitive Cab Calloway site about 2 years ago... but the scope of my research expanded greatly during my search, in direct correlation to my curiosity... amongst the material I collected and archived was material on The Nicholas Brothers... Fayard and Harold.

When it comes to tap dancing, there is one real city... NYC. ...and there are only a handful of dancers who get mentioned in the same sentence as the Nicholas Brothers... Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, the Nicholas Brothers, and... all those white entertainers who got rich and famous from stealing some of their moves. (Big surprise, huh?!)

It's hard to go into detail as to the whys and hows of how incredible the Nicholas Brothers were at their peak, but I certainly haven't seen better... unfortunately, there were a precious few well-done films that featured their talents, but I strongly recommend that anyone who is interested in an introductory taste of the talent of that era get ahold of a copy of "Stormy Weather" and see just how amazing these two were...

The Nicholas Brothers

Harlem in the 1920's/1930's was such a rich and creative society, like a flower growing amidst a pile of manure... gangsters, crimes, poverty, discrimination... it took full advantage of where its roots were and grew all the stronger for it, blossoming beautifully and briefly, only to be mowed down in the wake of the Great Depression... sort of like my hard drive that had much of my archived information on that era. I managed to recover a great deal of the info, however... now all I need is time to actually make the site...

**audible sigh**

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