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George Kirby - A Night in Hollywood 1958

On: Thursday, December 18, 2014

George Kirby
George Kirby
Jun 08 1923 – Sep 30 1995 age 72
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George Kirby, a resilient comedian and singer known for his impersonations, died on Saturday in a nursing home in Las Vegas, Nev. He was 71. He had Parkinson's disease, said a longtime friend, the dancer Norma Miller, The Associated Press reported. "He was telling jokes to the end," she said.
Mr. Kirby used to say genially that he was "the first black stand-up comedian -- before me, they were buck and wing." His last public appearance was in May, when show-business friends staged a benefit evening to help pay his medical bills.
By 1977, he had worked up 100 impersonations, ranging from Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney to dialect characters and singers like Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan. In 1982, Mr. Kirby appeared before a packed, cheering house at the Manhattan nightspot Dangerfield's. For three and a half years before that night, he had been in Federal prison in California, convicted of selling cocaine and heroin to a Government undercover agent in Las Vegas. He was released on parole and resumed his career. Later he said the crowds at his shows made it seem "like I was never away."

01 My Recent Tour
02 The Old Maid And The 3 Wishes
03 The Wild Father

04 The Cuckoo And The Reefer
05 Impersonations Of Nat King Cole, Pearl Bailey

Standup, Impressions, Song
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