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Keywords: "washboard bill" (All words), Collection ID is exactly "1"
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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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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

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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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Folklife Subject: Storytelling

Folklife Subject: Storytelling

Date
Description
Storytelling has always been a favorite method of keeping old knowledge and traditions alive. Some stories are historical in nature, while others are geared more toward moral lessons or explaining natural phenomena. Whatever the topic, storytelling is a craft that thrives on embellishments, dramatic flourishes, and stage presence. Good storytellers can often build up a considerable following. "Cousin" Thelma Boltin, Liliane Louis, and Lottie Shore are examples of popular Floridian storytellers.
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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.
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Friday performances at the 2006 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Disc 4)

Friday performances at the 2006 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Disc 4)

Date
2006-05-26
Description
One compact disc. Pardue served as emcee. Holt (vocals, guitar, banjo) played with Jeff Hurst (bass, fiddle, vocals) and Josh Goforth (mandolin, violin, guitar, vocals).
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Interview with Washboard Bill Cooke

Interview with Washboard Bill Cooke

Date
1987-08-10
Description
Two audio cassettes. Recorded at his home. Born in Dupont, just south of St. Augustine, on 4 July. His mother ran a jook joint, where he was first exposed to music and dance. He hoboed, played street music, worked for railways, and played at nightclubs in South Florida. In the interviews, he discusses jook joints; growing in East Florida; segregation; popular dances; building of the Dixie Highway; moving to New York; returning as a musician (washboard player) to West Palm Beach in 1947; his collection of black historical memorabilia; and his stories. In 1956, he made a recording with Pete Seeger and Sonny Terry called Washboard Country Band. In 1992, he won the Florida Folk Heritage Award. 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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Interview with Washboard Bill Cooke on entertainment in Florida

Interview with Washboard Bill Cooke on entertainment in Florida

Date
1987-08-18
Description
One audio cassette. Recorded at his home. Cooke discusses black entertainment in Florida. Born in Dupont, just south of St. Augustine, on 4 July, Cooke worked as a street performer, a jook joint musician, a nightclub entertainer, and a railway worker. His mother ran a jook joint, where he was first exposed to music and dance. In the interviews, he discusses jook joints; Florida minstrel acts such as Florida Blossom, Rabbit Foot, and Silas Green; black vaudeville in Florida; Ringling Brothers circus; segregation in theaters and entertainment; blackface; national entertainers he knew such as Amos and Andy, Step'n Fetchit, and Al Jolson; racism in advertising; and Pullman Porters he knew. In 1956, he made a recording with Pete Seeger and Sonny Terry called Washboard Country Band. In 1992, he won the Florida Folk Heritage Award. 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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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_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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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
fls_storytellingFolklife Subject: Storytellinginteractive resourceFolklore, Tall tales, folk legend/fpc/memory/omeka_images/thumbnails/folklife_subjects.png
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_s2034_05_cd06-004Friday performances at the 2006 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Disc 4)SoundSingers
Musicians
Guitarist
Festivals
Folk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Special events
Performing arts
Music performance
Singing
Guitar music
Old time music
Stringband music
String bands
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a_s1685_05_tape25Interview with Washboard Bill CookeSoundSingers
Storytellers
Fieldwork
Interviews
African Americans
Sound recordings
Oral histories
Life histories
Personal experience narratives
Juke joints
Music business
Storytelling
Music performance
Sawmills
Trains
Musical instruments
Washboards
Local history
Florida history
Musicians
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a_s1685_05_tape34Interview with Washboard Bill Cooke on entertainment in FloridaSoundSingers
Storytellers
Fieldwork
Interviews
African Americans
Sound recordings
Oral histories
Life histories
Personal experience narratives
Juke joints
Music business
Storytelling
Music performance
Minstrel shows
Trains
Jokes
Blackface entertainers
Entertainers
Florida history
Occupational groups
Television
Theater
Theatrical makeup
Racism
Racial segregation
Advertising
African Americans Segregation
Motion picture theaters
Vaudeville
Musicians
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