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Evelyn Preer

Evelyn Preer (born Evelyn Jarvis; July 26, 1896 – November 17, 1932), was a pioneering African-American stage and screen actress and jazz and blues singer of the 1910s through the early 1930s. Preer was known within the black community as "The First Lady of the Screen."

She was the first black actress to earn celebrity and popularity. She appeared in ground-breaking films and stage productions, such as the first play by a black playwright to be produced on Broadway, and the first New York-style production with a black cast in California in 1928, in a revival of a play adapted from Somerset Maugham's Rain.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 16th, 1896 (Vicksburg), Died November 17th, 1932 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-36075 10-in. 8/30/1926 No one but you knows how to love Evelyn Preer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Victor BVE-36076 10-in. 8/30/1926 What does my honeydew do? Evelyn Preer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Victor BVE-36077 10-in. 8/30/1926 Bye bye blackbird Evelyn Preer Female vocal solo, with ukulele and piano vocalist  
Victor BVE-36099 10-in. 9/6/1926 Make me know it (If you mean what you say) Evelyn Preer Female vocal solo, with clarinet, cornet, and piano vocalist  
Victor BVE-36823 10-in. 10/14/1926 It takes a good woman (To keep a good man at home) Evelyn Preer Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Victor BVE-37527 10-in. 1/10/1927 Make me love you Duke Ellington Orchestra ; Evelyn Preer Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Victor BVE-37528 10-in. 1/10/1927 If you can't hold the man you love (Don't cry when he's gone) Duke Ellington Orchestra ; Evelyn Preer Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E21474-E21476 10-in. 2/10/1927 One more kiss Evelyn Thompson Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Preer, Evelyn," accessed July 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110348.

Preer, Evelyn. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110348.

"Preer, Evelyn." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110348

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