Pigmeat Markham

Genres: Comedy Comedy Country & Bluegrass Drama
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Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Dewey Markham, 1904, Durham, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 December 1981. Best known as a comedian, Markham began his long career in 1917, dancing in travelling shows. He travelled the southern ‘race’ circuit with blues singer Bessie Smith and later appeared on burlesque bills with Milton Berle, Red Buttons and Eddie Cantor. By the 50s, Markham was one of black America’s most popular entertainers through his shows at the Regal in Chicago, the Howard in Washington and, in particular, New York’s famed Apollo. Despite being black, he applied burnt cork make-up to his face, a device that caused many of his fans to believe he was actually white. He later made several successful appearances on the influential Ed Sullivan television show and was signed by Chess during the 60s. The Chicago-based label issued several in-concert albums and his 1968 novelty hit, ‘Here Comes The Judge’. This tongue-in-cheek recording was inspired by the artist’s...

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