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Posted on 07/11/2015


Photo taken on July  1, 1910


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The Brittons
Sadie and Joe Britton
Husband and wife vaudeville act
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The Brittons

The Brittons
The New York Age (Oct. 13, 1910): Joe Britton, the male member of the noted dancing team—the Brittons—died Monday evening at 8:50 o'clock at his home, 327 West 52d street, of pneumonia. He expired in the arms of Leon Williams, president of the Colored Vaudeville Benevolent Association. Funeral services will be held over the remains Thursday morning at 11 o'clock at St. Cyprian's Church. For a number of years Joe Britton has enjoyed the reputation of being one of •the best eccentric dancers in vaudeville, and the Brittons—Joe and Sadie—have never failed to win applause with their form of entertainment. "During the month of August there was some talk of the couple dissolving partnership for business reasons, but they soon found out that they had made a reputation under the name of "The Brittons" and had better keep their old act intact. Their last appearance was the week of September 1st, in Brockton, Massachusetts. The deceased was born in Memphis, Tennessee, thirty-four years ago. His first engagement in the East with a colored company was in 1893, when he appeared with Isham's Octoroons. In 1894, he and his partner—Sadie Britton—were joined in wedlock. The Brittons won success as dancers in America and abroad, having been one of the biggest dancing hits that ever played in London a few years ago. Mr. Britton was a member of the Colored Vaudeville Benevolent Association which has his funeral in charge.

[Photo: Blacks in Blackface: A Sourcebook on Early Black Musical Shows (vol. 1) by Henry T Sampson]

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