January 25, 1896 - November 1, 1927


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Florence Mills is back on Broadway again, courtesy of the dynamic  Adrienne Warren,  who plays Florence and her predecessor Gertrude Saunders
 in the new Shuffle Along at the Music Box Theatre.
Well, I've seen the show, thought Adrienne Warren was wonderful, deserved a Tony but it wasn't to be (Hamilton too good).
A highlight was Audra McDonald's moving performance of the Sissle & Blake Florence Mills tribute song from Blackbirds of 1930, "Memories of You"
Hopefully we will soon have a recorded version by Audra
  In the meantime, here is the Ink Spots version:
Memories of You

(Available from Prestige Label, The InkSpots: The Classic Years, various sources)

           Florence Mills: Month by Month
1911    Plays Happy Hour Theatre, Philadelphia with Mills Sisters
1914    Plays Palace Theatre DC with Mills Sisters
1919    Plays Pantages Theatres, Edmonton and Calgary, with Panama Trio
1920    Florence Mills Trio featured @ Lincoln Theatre (Harlem)
1922    Stars in Plantation Revue @ Lafayette Theatre (Harlem)
1922    Stars in Plantation Revue on 48th St Theatre (first Black mainline Broadway show)
1923    Stars in Dover Street to Dixie @ London Pavilion
1924    Her new show, Dixie to Broadway, opens at Asbury Park (Main St Theatre)
1926    In Blackbirds of 1926, sharing bill with Paul Whiteman @ Paris Ambassadeurs
1926    Simultaneously stars in Blackbirds @ Champs Elysees, and Dixie  to Paris @ Ambassadeurs in Paris
1927    Plays Blackbirds @ Glasgow Alhambra and Manchester Palace, for 2 weeks though seriously ill

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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