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Redd Foxx - Comedy College, Lessons In Laughter 1985

On: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Redd Foxx
John Elroy Sanford
St. Louis, Missouri USA
Dec 09 1922 – Oct 11 1991 age 68

Redd Foxx, born John Sanford in St. Louis, Missouri, left home at 13 and scratched out a living playing washboard in a band. In the late 40s, Redd worked as a singer and a nightclub comic and began putting out records (eventually more than 30!) on a California label called Dooto. He later put out another 30 or 40 records on other labels. After he caught the attention of Frank Sinatra, his recordings began to attract a larger audience. He appeared in the film Cotton Comes to Harlem, and then was given the lead role in a sitcom called Steptoe and Son. From there, he went on to Sanford and Son -- a TV star at the age of 50. Source: Comedy College

*I believe Sanford And Son was based on the british sitcom Steptoe And Son. JimG (thanks Adam for the heads-up)

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2 comments on "Redd Foxx - Comedy College, Lessons In Laughter 1985"

Adam said...

Redd was not in Steptoe and Son, that is just the name of the British sit-com that Sanford and Son was based on.

I actually got to meet Redd a few times, and even played poker with him once. Truly one of the greats. Not at poker though.

JimG said...

Thanks Adam, I've updated the post. Jim

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