Eubie Blake and Alberta Hunter, sometime between 1978 and 1983, performing one of Eubie's best known numbers. These veterans were in their 80s when this was broadcast.  Eubie was at least eight years older than Ms. Hunter, but the point here isn't age, but experience.  Both were being feted by the national media as true originals, and that is what they were.  

 


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    Scenes from Florida, 2/24-3/6.Backstage: a pensive Hal Smith, Marty Eggers retrofitting rented bass, Topsy Chapman puzzling. Post-concert: the trio, Topsy with daughters Jolynda and Yolanda.  Next day: gardenia, Sanibel sunset. 

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