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Sublett, John William

Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1986 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Dancers, Humorist

1902 – Born on the 19th of February in Louiseville, Kentucky.

1920 – He gave lessons in tap dancing to Fred Astaire who considered Sublett the finest tap dancer of his generation.  

1930 – The ten-year-old performed with Ford L. Buck in "Buck and Bubbles", with Buck playing piano and singing while Bubbles tapped.

1930-1948 – Sublett also appeared in Hollywood films of the late 30s and 40s, including Varsity Show, Cabin in the Sky and A Song Is Born.

1931 – The two appeared in the Ziegfield Follies and were the first black artists to appear at the Radio City Music Hall.

1935 – Bubbles was chosen by George Gershwin to create the role of Sportin’ Life in his opera Porgy and Bess.

1978 – John Bubbles spoke at the Variety Arts Theatre in Los Angeles as a participant in a seminar on vaudeville.

1980 – Sublett received the Life Achievement Award from the American Guild of Variety Artists.

1986 – He died on the 18th of May in New York City.