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Remembering Tap Dancer Bill Robinson (1878-1949)

A tribute to legendary tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
Bill Robinson Tap Dancing

STAGE NAME: Bill Robinson
FULL NAME: Luther Robinson
NICKNAME: "Bojangles"
CATCH PHRASE: "Everything's Copacetic"
DATE OF BIRTH: May 25, 1878
PLACE OF BIRTH: Richmond Virginia
DATE OF DEATH: November 25, 1949 (age 71)
PLACE OF DEATH: New York City, New York State
BURIED: Cemetery of the Evergreens, Brooklyn, New York

Family of Bill Robinson
FATHER: Maxwell Robinson
MOTHER: Maria Robinson
WIFE 1907-1922: Lena Chase
WIFE 1922-1943: Fannie S. Clay
WIFE: 1944-1949: Elaine Plaines (until his death)

Films Featuring Bill Robinson
Bill Robinson was featured14 Hollywood films, including four in which he co-starred with Shirley Temple and a film loosely based on his life "Stormy Weather" in which he co-starred with Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, and the Nicholas Brothers tap dancing team.

Videos of Bill Robinson Dancing

Live Stage Productions Featuring Bill Robinson
1928: "Blackbirds of 1928"
1930: "Brown Buddies"
1939: "The Hot Mikado"
1940: "All in Fun"
1945: "Memphis Bound"

Bill Robison co-founded "New York Black Yankees" baseball team in 1936.

U.S. National Tap Dance Day was designated as being on May 25 because that is Bill Robinson's birth month and day.

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Wikipedia "Bill Robinson" Article

Biography.com "Bill Robinson" Profile



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