Black Bottom Blues

Episode Air Date: February 19, 2021
Artist: George Stern
Recording Title: Black Bottom Blues

Ahhh, the Roaring Twenties. Americans, enchanted with the burgeoning economy and sudden influx of new consumer goods, embraced more care-free lifestyles. On the dance floor, this seemed to translate to more energetic dances. Now, the 20’s will perhaps always be associated with “The Charleston”. But can you name another from the period? The “Black Bottom ” dance was reflective of characteristics of African dance, and first featured in the Harlem stage play “Dinah” in 1924. But when it was featured in the “Scandals of 1926” the dance became a national, then global, craze.

This episode was written in part by Mika Posecion as part of the Sound Beat Class Partnership.


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