From the vaudeville era, through the Astaire-Rogers movies, to the intricate artistry of bebop, tap has dominated American dance with its rhythm, originality, and humour. This book collects the voices and memories of thirty of America's best-loved tap-dance stars and two hundred rare theatre, film, and publicity photographs. Here Shirley Temple recalls her magical duo with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Fayard Nicholas describes his days at Harlem's Cotton Club performing with Cab Calloway Fred Kelly visits his and his brother Gene's Pittsburgh dance studio Hermes Pan reminisces about his work with George Gershwin, Ginger Rogers, and Fred Astaire and, in a chapter new to this edition, Toy and Wing tell about their days as the world's leading Asian tap duo. Appended with the most comprehensive listing of tap acts, recordings, and films ever compiled,newly updated for this paperback edition, Tap! brings to life the legends of one of America's most cherished and enduring art forms.
Rusty E. Frank is a tap dancer, producer, historian, and tap dance preservationist. She studied with many of the great tap masters she produced, directed, and appeared in the All-Star tap revues Jazz Tap! and she owns and operates On Tap!, which promotes tap productions and markets tap supplies. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is producing the documentary TAP! The Tempo of America.
* Foreword by Gregory Hines 19001929 * From Pickanninny to the Palace Willie Covan * First Tap Dancing Star of the Silver Screen Ruby Keeler * The Hoofers Club Leonard Reed * King of the One-Legged Dancers Peg Leg Bates * 1920s Rehearsal Halls George Murphy Part 2:19301939 * The Cotton Club: The Nicholas Brothers Fayard Nicholas * Fred Astaires Choreographer Hermes Pan * Bill Robinsons Darlin Shirley Temple * Just a Hoofer Ralf Brown * The Chinese Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: Toy and Wing Paul Wing and Dorothy Toy * Dancing Into Society Bunny Briggs * The Sepia Cinderella Girl Jeni LeGon * Last of the Street Tap Dancers LaVaughn Robinson * Spontaneous Combustion on the Dance Floor: Buddy and Vilma Ebsen Vilma Ebsen * From Vaudeville to Pictures Donald OConnor * The Tap Dancers Dilemma: The Berry Brothers Warren Berry * Hollywoods Tappin-est Child Star Jane Withers * Extra-Special Added Attraction: Gene and Fred Kelly Fred Kelly * Dancing with the Great Bill Bojangles Robinson Eddie Brown Part 3: 19401955 * WWIIs This Is the Army Gene Nelson * The Jivin Jacks and Jills Peggy Ryan * Eight Feet of Rhythm: The Four Step Brothers Maceo Anderson * Dancing at the Apollo Flash McDonald * The Story of Tap Prince Spencer * Tapping into the Classics Paul Draper * Dance Directors Who Do Not Dance Ann Miller * Nightclub Chorus Girl Frances Nealy * Dancing with the Big Bands Jimmy Slyde * The Class Act Coles and Atkins Cholly Atkins * On the Road to Bebop Brenda Bufalino