Celebration Express - William "Washboard Bill" Cooke

238835
Date
1980
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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.
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V88-1

Washboard Bill Cooke

236935
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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 wo...
Type
Still Image

Folklife People: Washboard Bill Cooke

274005
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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 b...
Type
interactive resource

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

239388
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. The tape stops and starts intermittently. Cooke tells stories about busking and buck dancing. Members of the Gandy Dancers can be heard in the background. Cooke tells various stories from his life, including being locked up in Waycross, Georgi...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-24

Washboard Bill Cooke promotional photograph

236937
Date
1960
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One black and white print. A promotional photograph for Cooke. 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 in...
Type
Still Image

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

239375
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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 R...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-3
Item ID
C93-4

William (Washboard Bill) Cooke talking to students in Lake Park

236870
Date
1988-02-04
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Four color slides. Cooke, born July 4 1905 near St. Augustine, spent much of his life performing: in jook joints, on the street, on trains, and later in some of the top clubs of South Florida. In these images, he talks with elementary students about his career and music. The Folk Arts in Education...
Type
Still Image

Washboard Bill Cooke performing at the 1992 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage)

237030
Date
1992-05-23
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel recording. Crider served as the emcee. Cooke was 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.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T92-83

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

239380
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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 ...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-17
Item ID
C93-16

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

237033
Date
1992-05-23
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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 Mil...
Type
Sound
Item ID
T92-85
Item ID
T92-86

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

296306
Date
1993-05-29
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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 a...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-8b

"Washboard Bill" Cooke playing a "banjo uke" at the Florida Folk Festival - White Springs, Florida.

256216
Date
1995
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
F2018412C

"Washboard Bill" Cooke playing a "banjo uke" at the Florida Folk Festival - White Springs, Florida.

256217
Date
1995
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
F2018412B

"Washboard Bill" Cooke playing a "banjo uke" at the Florida Folk Festival - White Springs, Florida.

256218
Date
1995
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
F2018412A

End of William "Washboard Bill" Cooke's washboard showing a photograph of him

111210
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5424

William "Washboard Bill" Cooke's suit given to him by Sammy Davis Jr's grandmother

111212
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5426

William "Washboard Bill" Cooke's advertisement for his musical profession

111218
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5432

Washboard Bill Cooke

236698
Date
1987-08-10
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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...
Type
Still Image

Portrait of William "Washboard Bill" Cooke

111195
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5408

Close up of William "Washboard Bill" Cooke

111204
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5418

Portrait of William "Washboard Bill" Cooke

111205
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5419

William "Washboard Bill" Cooke poses for a portrait

111206
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5420

Portrait of William "Washboard Bill" Cooke

111207
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5421

William "Washboard Bill" Cooke poses for a portrait

111208
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5422

"Washboard Bill" Cooke at the 1995 Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

105825
Date
1995
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
F201844

Washboard Bill Cooke story: A Hobo's Birthday

236883
Date
1988-01-02
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. Cooke telling a story of travelling on trains on his birthday during the Great Depression. 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...
Type
Sound

Where the Palm Trees Shake at Night: Blues Music from the Florida Folklife Collection

253653
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
The music presented on Where the Palm Trees Shake at Night was selected from hundreds of hours of Florida Folk Festival performances and field recordings spanning 25 years, from 1977-2002. Alongside the down-home folk traditions of Emmett Murray, Richard Williams, and Moses Williams are performance...
Type
Sound

Interview with Washboard Bill Cooke on entertainment in Florida

236881
Date
1987-08-18
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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...
Type
Sound

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

240521
Date
05/28/1993
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Sound
Item ID
D93-32

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

239662
Date
1995-05-27
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One digital audio tape (DAT). (Copied onto C95-150 & C95-151.) Livingston served as emcee.
Type
Sound
Item ID
D95-24

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