Herb Jeffries is stuck with dual images. One is a sophisticated chap who wears a tuxedo and sings in front of jazz bands. The other sports boots and a cowboy hat and sings western songs from atop a horse.
Jeffries' legendary career began in Detroit, where he sang with the bands of Erskine Tate and Earl "Fatha" Hines before he was 20. In 1934, Jeffries left Hines' group to pursue an entirely different career, that of movie cowboy.
He starred in a number of films from 1935 to 1939, including "Harlem on the Prairie," "Two Gun Man From Harlem" and "The Bronze Buckaroo." They were among the first to feature a black... Read more
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