It’s Black History Month year round over here at 16 Stone Vintage. But this year I thought I’d do something special and feature some of my favorite vintage beauties. To kick it off, let’s start with the lovely Ida James. Ida was a singer, actress, and bartender at Harlem’s Sugar Hill Cafe. Her sugary sweet voice was a great contrast when singing with Nat King Cole and his band. Here are some pictures and videos of this sweetie pie Ida James.
Check out these “shake dancer” legends in action. Most would compare shake dancers to modern day strippers. But burlesque performers were about mastering the art of tease. Most performers were also trained dancers. Burlesque was often used as a starter platform for dancers to take off in their careers. For instance Ethlyn Butler started off as a shake dancer, but later trained as a ballet dancer.
Tonga La Tour
Chicago’s Rosemarie Black aka Racetrack Rosie
Venus La Doll
Lotti the Body
Lotti the Body
Tropicana Havana Club Dancers
Jet Magazine, Rosemarie Black facebook, FotoMarcos
Funny…about 2 weeks ago I was in my room playing “I’d rather go blind” over and over. I sang along every time for almost a full hour. Something about Etta’s sultry voice could make you feel her pain through the music. It was the blues… it was crying woman. I felt every shred of sorrow she encompassed through her voice. Etta, you will never be forgotten.
I randomly came across this interesting singing group from the 1960’s called Les Surfs. The Rabaraona family singing group of six originally from Madagascar, found success singing French pop songs. They later recorded albums in Spanish as well. Monikya, the lead singer along with her sister Nicole and 4 of their brothers toured all over world and appearing on many tv shows. What I found so appealing about this group is that they had a number of music videos. We like to think music videos were not a popular thing until the late 1970’s or early 1980’s. However, Les Surfs provides quite the contrary with a quick search on youtube. Might I mention, all the members of Les Surfs were under 5 feet in height. Check out some footage of this incredible group.