Tap Dancing Genius of John W. Bubbles
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 499 , Segment 6
Episode: Religious Freedom, Weight Stigma, Black History Month
- Mar 1, 2017
- 21:26 mins
Guest: Brian Harker, PhD, Professor in the School of Music, BYU Here’s an example of a figure you’ve probably never heard of, who was a major influence on iconic American performers including Fred Astaire. John W. Bubbles was his stage name. He was a singer and tap dancer of great renown in the early 20th Century. BYU’s Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library here on campus has a large stash of his personal belongings, including the top hat and cane he used in his dancing. For this month’s installment of “From the Vaults,” we’re going to look at the life work of John W. Bubbles with Professor Brian Harker of BYU’s School of Music.