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She played Hagar in Dorothy and Dubose Heyward's play, "Mamba's Daughters," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Georgia Burke; Fredi Washington; Maude Russell; Robert Thomsen; Willie Bryant; J. Rosamond Johnson; Vincent Copeland; John Kerr; John O'Connor; Barry Kelley; Al Stokes; Bradley Wilson; Louis Sharp; Canada Lee...
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I just let singing out the way it comes to me. Once the orchestra gets used to letting themselves go, everything works out fine. The song is really the main thing, the song and the way you sing it.
Performed for the first time at the age of five in a children's church program; given the first chance to sing on an amateur night at a Philadelphia club on her 15th birthday and was hired on the spot and billed as "Sweet Mama Stringbean"; and made her vaudeville debut in 1917 at the Lincoln Theater in Baltimore, Maryland.
Sweet Mama Stringbean