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African-American entertainment in Atlanta | Kennesaw State University Archives

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Description: For many years, Atlanta, considered to be the Harlem of the South, received virtually every well-known entertainer and musician in the country. African-American Entertainment in Atlanta, written and compiled by noted historian and author Herman "Skip" Mason, Jr., is a fascinating and lively look at the individuals and institutions that comprised the entertainment industry in Atlanta from the post-Civil War era to 1970. The many night clubs, musicians, managers, promoters, and performers of Atlanta's African-American community are well-represented, from the Roof Garden to the Magnolia Ballroom, from Blind Willie McTell to Aretha Franklin, from Barbecue Bob Hicks to Louis Armstrong. Elegant jazz musicians such as Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald star alongside raucous rock stars Jackie Wilson and Little Richard.

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