Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra
New Orleans Rhythm Kings
Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra
Jelly Roll Morton & The Red Hot Peppers
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
Waring's Banjo Orchestra
Lawrence Welk & His Hotsy-Totsy Boys
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
Ted Lewis & His Orchestra
Eddie Miller Dance Orchestra
Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders
Cliquot Club Eskimos
Erskine Tate's Vendome Orchestra
Carroll Dickerson Orchestra
The Rhythm Boys
Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians
soloists & composers
folk & hillbilly
The Carter Family
Bessie Smith was known as the Empress Of The Blues.
Louis Armstrong played with both the King Oliver and Fletcher Henderson bands before starting his own band.
Jazz is primarily an improvisational music style. Because jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton wrote down his songs, he is considered the first jazz composer.
music & variety|
stars of the stage
The Gumm Sisters
Olsen & Johnson
Fred & Adele Astaire
The Marx Brothers
George Burns & Gracie Allen
Bert Lahr & Mercedes
Eddie Foy & The Seven Little Foys
George M. Cohan
ladies of the theater
Laura Hope Crews
Mrs. Leslie Carter
Minnie Maddern Fiske
men of the theater|
On Broadway, Helen Kane's performance of "I Want To Be Loved By You" made her famous as the boop boop a doop girl.
George Burns and Gracie Allen began performing together in 1922 and were married in 1925.
The Marx Brothers appeared in several popular Broadway productions during the 1920s. They made their first movie, an adaptation of their stage hit The Cocoanuts, in 1929.
John Barrymore appeared in movies and on Broadway during the 1920s, and was a well-known alcoholic.
Josephine Baker made a splash on Broadway in the all-black show Shuffle Along. Racism forced her to continue her stage career in Paris, where attitudes were more tolerant.
ladies of the big screen
youngsters & teens
men of the big screen|
Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
big screen comedy
Laurel & Hardy
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Greta Garbo was born in Sweden. She made her first American film, The Torrent, in 1925.
Clara Bow was known as the It Girl. If you had IT, you had personal magnetism, charisma and sex appeal. The term was coined by writer Elinor Glyn in 1927.
Rudolph Valentino died in 1926 at the age of 31, following surgery for a perforated ulcer.
Marion Davies was the mistress of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Buster Keaton were good friends who made several films together. Arbuckle introduced Keaton to the movie industry in the 1910s.
Lon Chaney was known as the Man of a Thousand Faces. His ability to contort his body into all sorts of painful positions and to devise highly effective makeup techniques made him one of the silent era's most unique actors.
In 1927, Vilma Banky's celebrity wedding was produced by Samuel Goldwyn and was the most elaborate of the silent era.
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