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Moms Mabley was an x-rated comedienne on the Chitlin circuit of the '30s and '40s but by the '60s she had played Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 1969 she became the oldest person in history to have a hit song in the Top 40. Here she gives a very moving performance of that song, "Abraham, Martin & John." Merv Griffin had over 5000 guests appear on his show from 1963-1986. Footage from the Merv Griffin Show is available for licensing to all forms of media through Reelin' In The Years Productions. www.reelinintheyears.com.
1) A woman
2) A pioneer
3) A comedienne
4) An elder
Moms Mabely ((March 19, 1894 – May 23, 1975) was all this in 60's and 70's American Culture and she left one of the biggest impressions on my child/teen mind that was ever made. She just got on stage and talked about her crazy life. I could relate, even as a youngster, to much of what she talked about. Old men, death, poverty, religion, young men... When she paced the stage in that housecoat like my Gramma's, I didn't see color; I heard her words, her well-worn voice and the laughter from the audience. Furthermore, it didn't even occur to me that I was laughing till I had to catch my breath. Of course, there was some of what she explained that went right over my head. Still, I laughed. Whoopi Goldberg is doing or has done a special on her and that makes me happy although I'd be a lot happier If I could find it. Please watch these two videos, those of you who remember, and for those of you who don't know her, I beg you, get to know her! You will never forget this unique character who pioneered the way for women in comedy.
Moms' birthday was March 19. Malcolm X's birthday was April 19. Chief Dan George's would be July 24. Three great people of color. Please celebrate a standout person(s) in your life with some laughs and tears. Enjoy! :D