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Aida Overton Walker


Who is Aida Overton Walker?

Aida Overton Walker, also billed as Ada Overton Walker and as "The Queen of the Cakewalk", was an African-American vaudeville performer and wife of vaudevillian George Walker. She appeared with her husband and his performing partner Bert Williams, and in groups such as Black Patti's Troubadours. She was also a solo dancer and choreographer for vaudeville shows such as Bob Cole, Joe Jordan, and J. Rosamond Johnson's The Red Moon and S. H. Dudley's His Honor the Barber.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (2012)

by Cary D. Wintz, Paul Finkelman

Aida Overton Walker (alsoknown as Ada Overton, 1880–1914) was one of the greatest performers who defined the dance of black vaudeville, the cakewalk. Walker beganhercareer with the concertsinger Sissieretta Jones, knownasthe “ Black ...

Google previewA Century of Musicals in Black and White: An Encyclopedia of Musical Stage Works By, About, or Involving African Americans (1993)

An Encyclopedia of Musical Stage Works By, About, or Involving African Americans by Bernard L. Peterson Jr.

Aida Overton Walker (Miriam & Market Girl), Lavinia Rogers, Ada Guigesse, Aline Cassel, Craig Williams, Charles Young, Charles L. Moore, William Foster, William C. Elkins, Hattie Hopkins, Katie ...

Google previewNegro Year Book and Annual Encyclopedia of the Negro (1912)

The Spillers were at the Bronx Theatre; the Kemps at the Colonial Theatre; and Aida Overton Walker achieved great success at the Alhambra. Inventions by Negroes in 1911.* R. S. Conroy of Gary, Indiana, invented a rail that is designed to ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Vaudeville (2012)

by Anthony Slide

While noting that men predominated, Hogan did list the following among black women with “enviable reputations on the vaudeville stage”: Abbie Mitchell, Black Patti, Aida Overton Walker, Belle Davis, Alice Mackey, Mattie Wilkes, and Carita ...

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