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originally published on 1 Mar 2012; latest edit on 15 January 2017 ________________________________ See my index on the juvenile sibling cakewalk dancing team, Rudy and Fredy Walker: Rudy and Fredy…

Rudy and Fredy Walker, c.1903 French S.I.P. postcard series #142, “Le Cake-Walk”

So what if Black History Month is winding down? The calendar can't contain the legacy of these supremely stylish icons.

Marvin Gaye

I initially wanted to make Marvin Gaye our BotD earlier but thought choosing a Motown singer right in the middle of a series against Scum might not be the best choice.

The Godfather of Go-Go, the late great Chuck Brown.... R.I.P.

The Passing of a DC Legend - Chuck Brown. The Greatest Go Go Music I ever heard.

Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990) was an American jazz singer, described by Scott Yanow as having "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century."  Nicknamed "Sailor" (for her salty speech), "Sassy" and "The Divine One", Sarah Vaughan was a Grammy Award winner. The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon her its "highest honor in jazz", the NEA Jazz Masters Award, in 1989.

Sarah Vaughan was an American jazz singer, described by Scott Yanow…

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington in front of the Apollo Theatre, New York, Credit Photograph by Richard Avedon / © Richard Avedon Foundation

Dizzy Gillespie in New York City, late Forties.

Dizzy Gillespie in New York City, late Forties.

Joseph Leslie "Joe" Sample (February 1, 1939 – September 12, 2014) Beginning in the early 1980s, he enjoyed a successful solo career and guested on many recordings by other performers and groups, including Miles Davis.

Joseph Leslie "Joe" Sample (February 1939 – September Beginning in the early he enjoyed a successful solo career and guested on many recordings by other performers and groups, including Miles Davis.

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