Lew Dockstader

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Lew Dockstader in 1909
Dockstader in blackface, 1902

Lew Dockstader (born George Alfred Clapp, August 7, 1856, Hartford, Connecticut - died October 26, 1924, New York City) was a United States singer, comedian, and Vaudeville star, best known as a blackface minstrel show performer in the late 19th century and early years of the 20th century.

Dockstader performed both as a solo act and leading a popular Minstrel troupe. Various popular entertainers of the era performed with Dockstader's Minstrels, including Will Oakland, and the most famous being young Al Jolson, c. 1906 - 1909.

Dockstader appeared on film in a number of comedy shorts from 1905 to 1907 [1] and in the title role in the 1914 feature silent film "Dan".[2]

He recorded some songs on Columbia Records.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles Musser (1991) Before the Nickolodeon, University of California Press
  2. ^ Lew Dockstader at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Features » Recording of the Month » Everybody Works But Father by Lew Dockstader at www.archeophone.com

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