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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Throwback Thursday and Joe Bennett

Throwback Thursday and Joe Bennett

Born in 1889, Joe Bennett was an American eccentric dancer. He was said to have legs of iron, but had only a few routines. The tap dancer Harland Dixon who staged the dances for the 1937 movie Something to Sing About  said he was “the greatest comedy dancer I ever saw”. Wikipedia defines eccentric dance as: unconventional and individualistic. It developed as a genre in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a result of the influence of African and exotic dancers.” 

A listing on https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0071835/ says Joe Bennett was born in Charleston South Carolina on April 27, 1888 as Joseph Bennett Aldert and that he was known as an actor (Something to Sing About in 1937). Joe Bennett is listed in the movie credits as one of the dancers in the “Deck Number” seen at 39:36 in today’s Link of the Day.

Joe Bennett died on August 31, 1967 at Our Lady of Consolation in Amityville, New York. He was 78 years old.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #131:
“Joe Bennett was a vaudevillian eccentric dancer.”

Link of the Day:
(James Cagney solo at 4:01)

Quote of the Day:
“People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.”
― Karl Lagerfeld

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