Herb Jeffries

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Herb Jeffries (born Umberto Alexander Valentino; September 24, 1913 – May 25, 2014) was an American actor of film and television and popular music and jazz singer-songwriter, known of his baritone voice, he was of African descent and was Hollywood's first singing black cowboy

In the 1940s and 1950s Jeffries recorded for a number of labels, including RCA Victor, Exclusive, Coral, Decca, Bethlehem, Columbia, Mercury and Trend. His album Jamaica, recorded by RKO, is a concept album of self-composed calypso songs.

He starred in several low-budget "race" Western feature films aimed at black audiences, Harlem on the Prairie (1937), Two-Gun Man from Harlem (1938), Rhythm Rodeo (1938), The Bronze Buckaroo (1939) and Harlem Rides the Range (1939). He also acted in several other films and television shows. During his acting career he was usually billed as Herbert Jeffrey (sometimes Herbert Jeffries or Sensational Singing Cowboy).

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Closer Than a Kiss: Crooner Classics Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 The Giants of Jazz Various Artists 1
1998 From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music Various Artists 1
2004 Blowing the Fuse: 26 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1945 Various Artists 1
2004 L’Histoire du jazz vocal - The Story of Vocal Jazz: 1941–1953 Various Artists 1
2005 Hot Harmony Groups, Volume 3: When the Old Gang's Back on the Corner Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Jazz Selection, Volume 1 Various Artists 1

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