The Birth Of The Lindy Hop 1929

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From the short: AFTER SEBEN 1929
This clip features what is generally considered to be the first example of the Lindy Hop on film. Vaudevillian James Barton in blackface introduces three couples the third of which is “Shorty” George Snowden and a very young looking girl identified only as “Little Bea”. Although Snowden may not have created the Lindy Hop he did apparently give it it’s name in honor of Charles Lindbergh’s “Hop” across the Atlantic to Paris in 1927. This may not be exactly the Lindy Hop as we think of it today, they even end it with a Cakewalk, but it’s a start. Appropriately enough the band is Chick Webb’s.

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