Friday, 2 April 2010

Colouring in his Musicians.

The comment about music and colour reminded me of a George Shearing quip, but before I tell you that, it was a fact that Dave Brubeck could not tour segrated high schools and universities in the South because his bass player, Eugene Wright was an African American, as was George Shearing’s bass player.
However, George had been blind from birth so when his agent complained he was missing out on a lot of work on the university circuit because he had coloured players in his band, acted totally shocked and enquired anxiously;
‘Coloured? Really! What colours are they?’


  1. Ha,ha,ha! But isn't that unbelievable - the segregation.

  2. Can't imagine referring to our current American President, or any other 'Black' person, as coloured -- or colored. Using the word 'colored' as a sort of short-hand race description I personally have noticed being done more by those in the 'Greatest Generation' -- those that served in the armed forces and fought during WWII.

    I understand the 'Greatest Generation' in America is now dying (from old age, etc.) at the alarming rate of nearly a 1000 people per DAY! On one hand, the use of 'colored' may be dying with them


  3. Halle Berry described herself as 'a woman of color' when receiving her Oscar a few years ago. She's better preserved (and so much prettier) than your average WWII Veteran! Ha!

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