Frankie Jaxon

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African American vaudeville singer, female impersonator, stage designer and comedian

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According to Wikipedia, Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, born Frank Devera Jackson , was an African American vaudeville singer, stage designer and comedian, popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Life and career He was born in Montgomery, Alabama, orphaned, and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. His nickname of "Half Pint" referred to his 5'2" height. He started in show business around 1910 as a singer in Kansas City, before travelling extensively with medicine shows in Texas, and then touring the eastern seaboard. His feminine voice and outrageous manner, often as a female impersonator, established him as a crowd favorite. By 1917 he had begun working regularly in Atlantic City, New Jersey and in Chicago, often with such performers as Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters, whose staging he helped design.

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