Breakfast Dance Hit of the Year, Ethyl Fitzgerald and Her Original Southern Play Boys from Louisville, Kentucky…1st Northern Tour. [African American Female Singer]
“Dance to the Little Girl Who is Taking the South by Storm”
Entertainment advertising poster for a 1941 musical performance in Muncie, Indiana by African American singer Ethyl Fitzgerald and “Her Original Southern Play Boys.”
Fitzgerald and her band—possibly a jazz or swing act—hailed from Louisville, Kentucky. Their appearance in Muncie was billed as part of their “1st Northern Tour” and was sponsored there by “The Colored 400 Club.” As the poster declares: “Dance to the Little Girl Who is Taking the South by Storm”
The event was promoted as a “Breakfast Dance,” the door opening at 1:30 A.M. with dancing from 2 until 6 A.M. The concert venue is not named, but its location is given—7th and Macedonia Streets—and it is described as having “Beautiful Moonlite Gardens.”
The poster has a half tone publicity portrait of Fitzgerald and singles out two musicians who likely had some regional renown: Solid Jones-King on the drums and “Saxophone Supreme by Jimmy Steam.” The description of the event as a dance and the highlighting of a drummer and a saxophonist may suggest this was a jazz or swing performance.
This poster is the only artifact that survives, that we can find, relating to Ethyl [Ethel?] Fitzgerald and her Southern Play Boys. We find no reference of Fitzgerald or her music career.
Description: Breakfast Dance Hit of the Year, Ethyl Fitzgerald and Her Original Southern Play Boys from Louisville, Kentucky…1st Northern Tour. [African American Female Singer]
[America]. 1941. Poster. 21¾ x 14 inches. Heavy, cream-colored board. Half tone illustration. Brief wear with small abrasion; moderate soling, especially at edges and on verso; very good.