Today is the birthday of Henry Creamer (1879-1930), who together with his partner John Turner Layton (1894-1978) formed one of the great songwriting partnerships of the vaudeville era, and partnered in an act from 1918 to 1924. Creamer was an eccentric dancer and wrote lyrics; Layton was the musician. Their songs include “After You’ve Gone” (1918), which was popularized by Sophie Tucker; “Strut Miss Lizzie”, sung by Van and Schenck in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921; and “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” (1922). With James P. Johnson, Creamer co-wrote “If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)” in 1926. Layton partnered with Clarence “Tandy” Johnstone” from 1924 to 1935 and then performed solo for another 20 years, based in England.
To find out about the history of vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.
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