June 30, 2009

Old school: The Nicholas Brothers [and Fats]

Not that it needs anyone's validation, but someone by the name of Fred Astaire said this was the greatest dance number ever filmed. Ladies and gentlemen, the Nicholas Brothers, in a clip from Stormy Weather:

And here they are as kids:

Don't even get me started on the contributions of black American artists and performers to this nation and the world. A great, immeasurable legacy, and before I get all maudlin, here's Fats doing his That Ain't Right with Ada Brown. [And yes, the waiter is Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.] Keep your foot from tapping, I dare you:

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