Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #003112622: BILL "BOJANGLES" ROBINSON

Scarce vintage blue fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch tan autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1930s. In good condition and excellent for matting with a favorite photograph. Legendary Black dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson revolutionized traditional "buck and wing", flat-footed tap, performing on the balls of his feet with a shuffle-tap style which allowed for more improvisation. He created a unique, jazz-inspired musical sound with his tapping and thralled audiences with his marvelous "stair dance," which involved tapping up and down a flight of steps both backwards and forwards.  In his later years, Robinson was a frequent character actor in musicals, typically cast as butlers or servants. His best-loved films were the four in which he was teamed with Shirley Temple:  The Little Colonel (1935), The Littlest Rebel (1935), Just Around the Corner (1938), and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938).