January 25, 1896 - November 1, 1927


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December 1927 was a month when all Harlem was mourning the death of Florence.
Her friend Eva Taylor, with husband Clarence Williams, wrote and recorded this memorial tribute:
May We Meet Again, Florence Mills
Great jazz bassist, Percy Heath ( Modern Jazz Quartet) told me he remembered his father playing this record & singing along to it.

in a more classical vein, composer Constant Lambert expressed his grief in this haunting piece:
Elegiac Blues
played by Mark Bebbington on SOMM CD 062
See details here 



                               Florence Mills: Month by Month
                    
               December  
    
   1911    Teenage star of School Days in Darktown (Olympia Theatre, Brooklyn) produced by Cecil 
                  Mack of "Charleston" fame

   1916    With Panama Trio, and Alberta Hunter, at Panama Cafe
   1920   
With the Tennessee Ten, and Bert Lahr, in highly successful production Folly Town 

   1921    In Shuffle Along  NAACP benefit performance at Lafayette Theatre
  
1923    Entertains inmates at Sing Sing prison
   1924    Makes test recording at Victor Studios; alas, voice too soft for equipment
   1925    Contributes to fund for Garland Anderson, promising young black playwright
   1926    Makes sensational appearance at London Grand Charleston Ball
          


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 If any of you Florence Mills fans are  interested in chess you may like to check out my other book
See: The Doeberl Cup: Fifty Years of Australian Chess History