Eddie Jackson (vaudeville)

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Eddie Jackson
Born (1896-02-19)February 19, 1896
Died July 16, 1980(1980-07-16) (aged 84)

Eddie Jackson (February 19, 1896 - July 16, 1980[1][2]) was a leading vaudeville performer, an actor and musician, and longtime colleague and partner of Jimmy Durante. Eddie Jackson was born on February 19, 1896 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Edward Jacobs. He died on July 16, 1980 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA. He appeared in vaudeville with Jimmy Durante and Lou Clayton as the team Clayton, Jackson & Durante, known as the Three Sawdust Bums.[3]

Jackson began his show business work as a singing waiter at New York City and Coney Island clubs. At the Alamo Club in Harlem, he met Durante. They played together in a number of clubs and opened Club Durant in 1923. In 1924, their act was joined by Lou Clayton. The trio made their vaudeville debut at Loew's State theater in March 1927, with an act that literally included breaking up furniture. Durante sang of the virtues of wood, while Clayton and Jackson grabbed wood items and smashed them on the stage. By April 1928 they were headlining at the Palace Theater, breaking the house record for receipts, and making $5500 a week. They then moved to Broadway, appearing in the Ziegfeld production, Show Girl in 1929 and in Cole Porter's "The New Yorkers" in 1930. Jackson was known for his rousing rendition of "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey" and for a dance step called the Strut.

The trio broke up in 1931, though they did perform together in later years. Jackson remained Durante’s sidekick and often performed with him in clubs and on television until 1971. His television and film performances include All Star Revue (1950), The Jimmy Durante Show (1954) and Roadhouse Nights (1930). Jackson also recorded Dixieland jazz.


  • "Eddie Jackson! and his Dixielanders," Audio Fidelity AFLP 1909 (1959)


  1. ^ The San Bernardino County Sun, 17 July 1980, Page 9 (obituary)
  2. ^ Slide, Anthony (2012). The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 148–149. ISBN 9781617032509. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Bakish, David (1994-12-01). Jimmy Durante: His Show Business Career, with an Annotated Filmography and Discography. McFarland. pp. 5, 25, 37, 39, 41, 43, 86, 128. ISBN 9780786430222. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

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