Friday happy dance

5 Responses to Friday happy dance

  1. When I heard the song “Mr. Bojangles” way back when, I had no idea he was a real person.

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    • Pretty good job of colorization on this clip. At least, once the tapping starts, I didn’t think about it again. 😉

      The Mr Bojangles of the Jerry Jeff Walker song is a different person than this talented Mr. Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

      Commenter on YouTube page (re-punctuated):
      The story goes that she was not to hold hands with Mr Bojangles, but she insisted. Also, he was to dance alone, she only watched. Again, she put her foot down, creating the first time in a film a black man held a white women’s (girl’s) hand. Back them this was unheard of.

      I had noticed that, and thought, wow, riots were started for less.

      Wikipedia: Walker has said he was inspired to write the song after an encounter with a street performer in a New Orleans jail. While in jail for public intoxication in 1965, he met a homeless black man who called himself “Mr. Bojangles” to conceal his true identity from the police. … The two men and others in the cell chatted about all manner of things, but when Mr. Bojangles told a story about his dog, the mood in the room turned heavy. Someone else in the cell asked for something to lighten the mood, and Mr. Bojangles obliged with a tap dance.

      Nice version of the song by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band:

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  2. Sue Cass says:

    Love it. I grew up with Shirley Temple movies.

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  3. jenny_o says:

    I’ve loved this clip ever since I discovered it on YouTube. Thanks for featuring it today!

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  4. Dawn Marie says:

    I concur with Jenny-o!!! Such a timeless fun little ditty!!

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