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Leigh R. Whipper

Leigh Rollin Whipper (October 29, 1876 – July 26, 1975) was an American actor on the stage and in motion pictures. He was the first African American to join the Actors' Equity Association, and one of the founders of the Negro Actors Guild of America. He created the role of Crooks in the original Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, which he reprised in the 1939 film version.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 29, 1876 (Charleston), Died July 26, 1975 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter

Notes: Leigh Rollin Whipper

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh 74310 10-in. 8/23/1926 Look out, Mr. Jazz OKeh Melody Stars ; Clarence Todd Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh 74311 10-in. 8/23/1926 A glass of beer, a hot dog, and you OKeh Melody Stars ; Clarence Todd Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh 74335 10-in. 9/5/1926 A glass of beer, a hot dog, and you Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
OKeh 74336 10-in. 9/5/1926 Look out, Mr. Jazz Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
OKeh 74436 10-in. 12/5/1926 Yes, I've been cheatin' Butterbeans & Susie ; Eddie Heywood Sr. Female-male vocal duet, with piano songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Whipper, Leigh R.," accessed July 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109559.

Whipper, Leigh R.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109559.

"Whipper, Leigh R.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 July 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109559

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