Skip to comments.The Republican Who Broke the Color Barrier
Posted on 08/30/2004 3:47:52 PM PDT by farmfriend
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I met Lionel Hampton when he came to Houston to perform at a club while in town as a delegate for the GOP convention in 1992.
I saw a single on ebay one time that Lionel Hampton had recorded for Richard Nixon's campaign (I think 1968 or 1972).
I'll bet something like that can fetch a pretty penny. Political stuff usually does and this one would be a big bucks item I'm sure.
Hamp accompanying himself on the vibes...
Stardust from a Hollywood Bowl concert might have been the greatest vibes solo ever. Arguably, the best jazz solo ever...
Very interesting. Thank you for posting.
It seems to me so completely ironic that the Republicans are now being noted for having finally at some point "broken the color barrier."
The Democrat Party is the absolute worst thing that has ever happened to blacks in this country. The Republicans ended slavery and the Democrats resisted federal civil rights legislation for generations. The Democrats seem to thrive now only because they are forever promoting a "plantation mentality."
I suppose that as a white man I would be considered to have no standing and I am better off keeping my mouth closed concerning such matters. The fact that I grew up in black neighborhoods and I personally lived with a minoriy standing for my formative years clearly has no bearing.
I am supposed to just shut up and be called "whitey" despite the fact that many of my long standing friends are black. It is frustrating to me that ruthless persons have hijacked the Democrat Party, and they act completely shamelessly in so many ways.
Karma is sometimes a peculiar thing to behold.
From slavery to the rise of Jesse Jackson, the Democrats have have kept black people on a plantation of one form or another. It's always the Republicans that pull them out, then blacks just turn around and run right back into the plantation and re-fasten their Democrat chains. Now the Democrats are going to play the Mexicans off of the African Americans. If a Republican protests, he/she will be called a racist.
Met Hamp at the 1980 Detroit convention where we were fellow New York delegates. Way cool, great guy. And musical genius.
Fox News played a clip during something, can't remember what it was for but think it was on Brit's show, saying that the Republicans sided with some Dems to block the 64 civil rights act. This was contrary to everything I had heard before. And no one questioned it. I think it is assumed as fact.
I disagree with the above portion of your post. The Democrat Party was never "hijacked", it's always been the chosen path of the politically ruthless and those with self serving ambition, like Kerry.
The rest of your post is "right on".
All the best players are Pubbies.
Hamps stuff with Benny G's sextet is my personal fave. All 'em dudes ROCKED!!
This is true. However they are leaving out some important facts. The 64 act did not contain language that would enable Federal authority in such areas as employment and public accommodations. The 64 act was a gutless act and the Democrats used it to get Republicans to vote against it because it had no teeth. The Repubs turned it down as ineffective, the "Dixiecrats" turned it down because it was pro civil rights in theory and the Liberal Democrats used the Repubs vote against them in the 1964 election. It was the Dems setting up the Repubs. By 1968, the Repubs were a a little bit wiser.
One must always remember that the Democrats want to be seen as being for the little guy and setting legislation up that tries to make the Repubs look like the "Bad Guy". The "AWB", just coming up, will be an example.
Goodman, Hampton, Charlie Christian, Johnny Guarnieri, Artie Bernstein and Jo Jones. Air Mail Special...
You are young. R.Reagan was a democrat originally. Z.Miller is a democrat still. E.Koch is a dmocrat. It was an honorable party at one time.
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Lionel Hampton actually got associated with the "Rock and Roll" set in the 1950s. Here is a (Mexican) lobby card for the Alan Freed movie Mister Rock And Roll (note Little Richard on the right half of the card):
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