Also known as Cottontail
| The Golden Age:
Whitey's Lindy Hprs.
Willa Mae Ricker
The Big Apple
Call Of The Jitterbug
Can't Top the LHop
Day At The Races
All That Jazz
Queen of Swing
Radio City Revels
The Spirit Moves
Stompin' at theSavoy
Swingin'at the Savoy
Symphony in Black
Hoppers group that appears in this soundie was also
known as the The Harlem Congaroos.They were the
undisputed stars of all the groups of Whitey's dancers.
After completing the filming of Hellzapoppin',
the group had a contract to do a second film for Universal
Studios. However, Whitey received an offer for them to
perform in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and decided he did not
want his dancers to wait around for a script that was
offbeat enough to incorporate the Black dancers.Such
scripts had proven to be few and far between in the past.
In order to break the contract, Whitey agreed to make this
soundie, which was an enormous hit throughout the United
States. The bombing of Pearl Harbor took place while the
Harlem Congeroos were in Rio, and they were unable to get
back home to the United States after their 6-week
engagement was over.
They spent 6 months working to make enough money to secure their safe passage back to the USA and finally managed to fly back to Florida, where they arrived with no money in their pockets to make the trip back to New York. In Miami they discovered that the soundie of Hot Chocolates was a big hit and was on every jukebox! They found employment with a nightclub owner who capitalized on the popularity of this soundie by advertising that he had the "Hot Chocolates in Person!"
Duke Ellington Orchestra featuring Ben Webster
Whitey's Lindy Hoppers (In order of appearance):
*SOUNDIES were short musical filmclips that were played in jukeboxes in the thirties and forties.The device that played them used a mirror. The films were made in reverse and then their mirror images were projected to the viewers.
Written and researched by Judy Pritchett with
Frankie Manning (C)1995,1996,1997.May be reproduced only
with explicit written permission. Last updated:14