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Celebration Express - William

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.
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Cornelius Wright Jr. & "Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Cornelius Wright Jr. & "Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Date
1993-05-29
Description
Wright discusses his family background and the efforts they made to preserve food and be resourceful due to harsh economic circumstances. Cooke joins the conversation about six minutes in and explains how hoboing helped him learn to predict snow in Florida. Wright tells stories about eating snow and his dog stealing sausage out of his family's smokehouse. Cooke tells a story about snow in Florida in 1932, and a story about an unseasonably hot February in New York, while it was cold in Florida. Wright then tells stories about attending school in Birmingham, Ala. and punishments for being late coming home. He explains that he liked to fight in school. He begins a baseball story before the tape cuts off. Wright was a member of the Gandy Dancers. The interview represents the second portion of tape C93-8.
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Cornelius Wright, Jr. interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Cornelius Wright, Jr. interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

Date
1993-05-29
Description
Wright tells stories about his family and growing up in Birmingham, Ala., including a story about catching frogs and getting disciplined by his mother. At 6:39, he describes the resourcefulness of earlier generations and how it is lacking in current generations due to modern technology. "Washboard" Bill Cooke can be heard occasionally interjecting in the background. Wright was a member of the Gandy Dancers. The interview represents the first 11 minutes of tape C93-9.
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Florida's Juke Joints

Florida's Juke Joints

Date
2014-05-28
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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.
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Folklife People:  Washboard Bill Cooke

Folklife People: Washboard Bill Cooke

Date
Description
William "Washboard Bill" Cooke was born in Dupont, Florida, on July 4, 1905. He was known as a percussionist, as well as a captivating storyteller rooted in the minstrel tradition. During Cooke's childhood, his mother operated a juke joint in Dupont. The young Cooke would secretly stay up past his bedtime listening to the music. These experiences influenced his rhythmic style. In 1916, Mrs. Cooke closed her juke joint, and sent her children to live on their grandfather's farm in Sanford, Florida. During the Great Depression, Cooke grew weary of his life on the farm, and decided to leave home. For 10 years, he led the life of a hobo, traveling by train all over the East Coast and generally spending his winters in West Palm Beach. Between 1947 and 1963, he performed with the West Palm Beach Washboard Band. They played in venues everywhere from the streets, to the estates of the Rockefellers and Kennedys. In 1956, he recorded Washboard Country Band with Sonny Terry, and folk legend, Pete Seeger.
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Identifier Title Type Subject Thumbnail
FS921116"Blind Willie" James performing street music with "Washboard Bill" Cooke during Heritage Award reception at the 1992 Florida Folk Festival - White Springs, FloridaPractices
Community rites--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Belief and custom
Festivals, Events and Conferences
Receptions
Folklore revival festivals--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Entertainers
Arts (Performing)--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Performing arts--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Music--Performance
Special events
Street music
Street entertainers
Street musicians
Blind musicians
Musicians with disabilities
African American musicians--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
African American men--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Manners and customs
Recreation--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Festivals--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Folk festivals--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
African American entertainers--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
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FS921115"Blind Willie" James performing street music with "Washboard Bill" Cooke during Heritage Award reception at the 1992 Florida Folk Festival - White Springs, FloridaPractices
Community rites--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Belief and custom
Festivals, Events and Conferences
Receptions
Folklore revival festivals--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Entertainers
Arts (Performing)--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Performing arts--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Music--Performance
Special events
Street music
Street entertainers
Street musicians
Blind musicians
Musicians with disabilities
African American musicians--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
African American men--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Manners and customs
Recreation--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Festivals--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
Folk festivals--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
African American entertainers--Florida--Hamilton County--White Springs
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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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FA5418Close up of William "Washboard Bill" CookeEthnicity, African diaspora
Ethnicity, African American
African American musicians--Portraits
Folk musicians--Portraits
African American entertainers--Portraits
African Americans in the performing arts
Portraits
Older African American men--Portraits
Older African Americans--Portraits
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a_s1576_30_c93-008bCornelius Wright Jr. & "Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife AreasoundFolk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
African Americans
Oral narratives
Foodways
Weather
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a_s1576_30_c93-009aCornelius Wright, Jr. interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife AreasoundFolk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
African Americans
Oral narratives
Oral histories
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FA5424End of William "Washboard Bill" Cooke's washboard showing a photograph of himMusic
Musical instruments
Washboards
African Americans in the performing arts
Pictures
Photographs
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floridas-juke-jointsFlorida's Juke JointsAlcohol
Popular music
Buggs, Marie, 1918-1996
Reagan, Ronald, 1911-2004
Bars (Drinking establishments)
Blues
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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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flp_washboard_billFolklife People: Washboard Bill Cookeinteractive resourceBlues/fpc/memory/omeka_images/thumbnails/folklife_people.png