18 items found
Collection ID is exactly "1" AND Tradition Bearer is exactly "Cooke, "Washboard Bill" (William), 1905-2003"
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Celebration Express - William "Washboard Bill" Cooke

Celebration Express - William "Washboard Bill" Cooke

Date
1980
Description
One video recording. (1/2" tape; 7 minutes) David Holt discusses W. Palm Beach, "Washboard" Bill and David Holt play music together (on washboard and spoons), "Washboard Bill" discusses coming to Palm Beach County.
Collection
Folk Heritage Award Recipients at the 1992 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage)

Folk Heritage Award Recipients at the 1992 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage)

Date
1992-05-23
Description
One reel to reel recording. Crider served as the emcee. Recipients of the FHA in 1992 were Washboard Bill Cooke; Jean and Bill Hewitt (leaders of the Friends of Florida Folk); fiddler Julian "Goose" Culbreath; gospel singing group The Versiteers; Dr. Lydia Cabrera; and Charlie Lewis. Folklorists Milner and Loomis spoke on the awards and the recipients.
Collection
Friday performances at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Stage III) (Tape 1)

Friday performances at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Stage III) (Tape 1)

Date
1993-05-28
Description
One digital audio tape (DAT). Martin served as the emcee.
Collection
Saturday performances at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Tape 5)

Saturday performances at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Tape 5)

Date
1993-05-29
Description
One digital audio tape (DAT). Murray served as emcee. The winners of the Florida State Fiddlers Competition played at the start of evening program: Johnson (junior division), Stapleton (rustic division), Brophy (contemporary division), and Green & Murray (twin fiddles division).
Collection
Saturday performances at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Tape 2)

Saturday performances at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Tape 2)

Date
1993-05-29
Description
One digital audio tape (DAT). Milner and Fitchen served as emcees.
Collection
Saturday performances at the 1995 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Tape 2)

Saturday performances at the 1995 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Tape 2)

Date
1995-05-27
Description
One digital audio tape (DAT). (Copied onto C95-150 & C95-151.) Livingston served as emcee.
Collection
Washboard Bill Cooke

Washboard Bill Cooke

Date
1987-08-10
Description
Nine color slides. The Folk Arts in Education Project in Palm Beach County was a joint venture between the Palm Beach County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was conducted between 1986 and 1987 by folklorist Jan Rosenberg with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The goal was to impart an appreciation of multi-ethnic traditions and provide a sense of place to the mobile student population. The project focused on the Florida Studies component for fourth grade students. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist, which included visits by local folk artists. In total, the project involved 15 schools with 779 students.
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Washboard Bill Cooke

Washboard Bill Cooke

Date
1993
Description
One proof sheet with 25 black and white images (plus negatives); and five back and white prints. Used for the 1993 Florida Folk Festival booklet. Cooke was a former hobo and street performer who later performed at several South Florida nightclubs, singing and playing the washboard and ukelele. He won the 1992 Florida Folk Heritage Award.
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"Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

"Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Date
1993-05-30
Description
Two audio cassettes. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. On C93-16, Cooke, born in Dupont, Fla., gives a history of his early life and family. He discusses his early experiences of hoboing and tells stories about hitchhiking in Florida. He details his educational experiences, including dropping out of school. He took his last name "Cooke" from his grandfather after being adopted by him. He explains that from 1926 to 1930, he worked as a "gandy dancer" on the railways. After that, until 1941, he hoboed. He discusses being ostracized because of being a hobo. He recounts his beginnings as a washboard musician in 1946 in New York, before moving to Miami from 1947 to 1963 and working as a musician there. He explains that he learned to play the ukulele in 1979. Cooke discusses working on railroads, as well as having met Elvis Presley, Jackie Wilson, B.B. King, Gene Krupa, and Sam Cooke. He shares his opinions on the relationship between black and white musicians, using Presley and King as an example of the positive interchange of ideas. He recounts working as a washboard musician in studios and being a part of the musicians union in New York. He recorded with Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry, Pete Seeger, Pete "Guitar" Lewis and Johnny Winter. He explains that his first recording was in 1959, and that he worked on a Harry Belafonte recording in 1979. He also recounts his relationship with Sammy Davis Jr.'s grandmother. He discusses receiving social security and other government subsidies in the 1970s. He tells some stories about getting married and having children.
On C93-17, Cooke discusses his children. He recounts his life during the 1980s playing music gigs around Florida, and the difficulty of making a living as a musician. He tells a story about being robbed. He compares the joy of receiving an invitation to attend the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter with working four months on a Waycross, Ga. chain gang in 1931. He details his travels on the railroad after leaving Waycross. He explains why he joined a church. He closes by telling a story about travelling to California in 1991.
Collection
"Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

"Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Date
1993-05-28
Description
Two audio cassette recordings. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. On C93-3, Cooke tells stories about traveling the railroads as a hobo during the 1930s; beginning his career as a washboard musician after World War II in 1946; problems with living in Palm Beach; and working for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, and the Florida East Coast Railroad. He tells a story about working in St. Lucie County for Reid and Lowe Railroad Contractors on the Florida East Coast Railroad, lasting only three days due to the mosquitoes. Some of what Cooke says it difficult to hear due to background noise. Wright and Brown of the Gandy Dancers join the conversation and discuss the differences between the railway workers and the machines used to replace them. Cooke reminisces about the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, his favorite line.
On C93-4, Cooke, the Gandy Dancers, and Jah discuss blues musicians including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Mississippi John Hurt. They talk about the African American background of many of Elvis's songs. They also discuss integration in Birmingham and the Apollo Theater; treatment of children in the company "quarters" in the 1940s; pay; foods and their cost of living at that time. The theme for the 1993 Florida Folklife Area was transportation.
Collection
Identifier Title Type Subject Thumbnail
Celebration Express - William "Washboard Bill" CookeCelebration Express - William "Washboard Bill" CookeMoving ImageInterviews
Spoons
Television
Performing arts
Music performance
Singing
African Americans
Washboards
Singers
Musicians
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a_s1576_t92-085Folk Heritage Award Recipients at the 1992 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage)SoundFolk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Festivals
Special events
Folklorists
Awards
Folklife
Speech events
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a_s1576_43_d93-032Friday performances at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Stage III) (Tape 1)SoundFolk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Festivals
Special events
Performing arts
Music performance
Singing
Guitar music
Acrobatics
NorteƱo music
Music Latin America
African Americans
Latinos
Dance music
Singers
Musicians
Guitarist
Storytellers
Acrobats
Dancers
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a_s1576_42_d93-010Saturday performances at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Tape 5)SoundFolk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Festivals
Special events
Performing arts
Music performance
Singing
Guitar music
Railroads employees
Fiddle music
Fiddling
Old time music
Whipcracking
Occupational folklore
African Americans
Demonstrations
Singers
Musicians
Guitarist
Fiddlers
Dancers
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a_s1576_43_d93-024Saturday performances at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Tape 2)SoundFolk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Festivals
Special events
Performing arts
Music performance
Singing
African Americans
Stringband music
String bands
Bluegrass music
Old time music
Gospel (Black)
Gospel songs
Religious songs
Piano music (Blues)
Blues (Music)
Rhythm and blues songs
Singers
Musicians
Guitarist
Pianists
Blues singers
Bands (Music)
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a_s1576_44_d95-024Saturday performances at the 1995 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Tape 2)SoundFolk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Festivals
Special events
Performing arts
Music performance
Singing
Folk singers
String bands
Stringband music
Guitar music
Dance music
Old time music
Singers
Musicians
Guitarist
Dancers
Bands (Music)
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Washboard Bill CookeWashboard Bill CookeStill ImageFieldwork
African Americans
Musical instruments
Percussion instruments
Blues singers
Storytellers
Musicians
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Washboard Bill CookeWashboard Bill CookeStill ImageFieldwork
Hats
African Americans
Musicians
Performers
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a_s1576_30_c93-016"Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife AreasoundMusicians
Storytellers
Singers
Railroads Employees
Folk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Interviews
Hoboes
African Americans
Oral histories
Music industry
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a_s1576_30_c93-003"Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife AreasoundMusicians
Storytellers
Railway Workers
Folk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
African Americans
Railyway workers
Occupational folklore
Washboards (musical instruments)
Transportation
Hoboes
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