Talk:Bill Robinson

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There is a proposal to redirect Bo'jangles to the article.

Please see:

Capitalistroadster 06:13, 1 June 2006 (UTC)

Citations and rewrite needed for Bill Robinson article[edit]

The main part of this article is taken word for word from's entry on Robinson, and is copyrighted to the International Tap Association. A rewrite is needed. Also, there are at least two assertations that require citation, but I could not find any references for them on Google. redcountess 20:58, 21 June 2006 (UTC) is a website page that has the exact same information. Not sure which came first, however, the information that has appeared is copyright to the above mentioned. Thought it should be noted. IronCrow 01:19, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

The following comes from the website of the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, which claims Robinson worked there as a waiter after breaking up with his first partner in 1907 and meet his manager there:

"Born a few blocks from The Jefferson, Bill Bojangles Robinson was raised in the Richmond area. As a young boy, he tap danced on street corners and stairs for coins. Eventually, Bojangles was performing regionally with a dance partner.

However in 1907, he and his partner split, and Bojangles returned to Richmond. In Richmond, Bojangles obtained a position at The Jefferson with the expectation of meeting influential people to forward his career. As Bojangles had anticipated, a producer, Mr. Fortner, stayed at The Jefferson. Fortunately, Bojangles was Fortner’s server in the dining room. After Bojangles “accidentally” spilled soup on Fortner’s white suit, he danced all the way to the kitchen to retrieve a towel.

The following day, Fortner saw Bojangles dancing on the street corner and gave him money so they could meet in New York to discuss business. The two had a lasting relationship and Fortner was Bojangles manager until the day he died." Source: Rmagnus 20:47, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

In addition to the above, I think the line " of the first minstrel and vaudeville performers to appear without the use of blackface makeup" really needs to be considered. He was black to begin with so why would he need to wear black face makeup?I would suggest something along the lines of, "In an era when black people were portrayed by whites who wore blackface, he was one of the first artistes that was accepted to work alongside white people, thus breaking down racial barriers". (talk) 13:12, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Bert Williams, the famous early actor, performed in black face. Black actors did have to use black face to "fit in".

Blackbirds of 1928 was not the first all-black Broadway show. What about Runnin' Wild 1923? Is there a way to verify the first all-black show on Broadway? (talk) 01:05, 7 May 2016 (UTC) Shuffle Along 1921? (talk) 01:11, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

Clorindy: The Origin of the Cakewalk (1898) is often identified as the first black Broadway musical. [1] In Dahomey (1903) is often identified as the first full length such production. [2]--Arxiloxos (talk) 01:31, 7 May 2016 (UTC)


This article reads like a eulogy and needs extensive rewriting. I'd tweak it myself, but I know almost nothing about Robinson. --Ddawn23 09:26, 12 April 2007 (UTC)


I was told that BoJangles means 'sweaty balls' (testicles). Has anyone else herd of this or was I told a lie? The article makes no reference to this. --Jon in California


Bill "Bojangles" Robinson dances the stairs with Shirley Temple from "The Little Colonel" (1935) YouTube-- 20:32, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Military Service[edit]

He was drum major of the band of the 369th Infantry Regiment during World War I, under Jim Europe's direction. --Al-Nofi (talk) 21:52, 29 December 2009 (UTC) Jim Europe was the leader of the band. Noble Sisle was the drum major. Bill Robinson would have been almost 40 years old during WWI. (talk) 00:58, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

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Birth of Bill Robinson[edit]

The article says that he's born on May 25, 1878. But on his grave you can see May 25, 1877. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's Memorial

Koshka -- (talk) 23:14, 18 December 2011 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

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at the very least needs citations

Pretty poor organization, a C in my opinion

Last edited at 05:31, 23 April 2007 (UTC). Substituted at 09:39, 29 April 2016 (UTC)