Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Herb Jeffries the black singing cowboy dies at the age of 100

Herb Jeffries, the first black singing cowboy of the movies, who starred in such 1930s films as Harlem on the Prairie and The Bronze Buckaroo, has died, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 100.

Jeffries, who later became a recording star as a member of Duke Ellington's orchestra, died of heart failure Sunday at West Hills (Calif.) Hospital & Medical Center, Raymond Strait, who had been working with the actor on his autobiography, told the newspaper.

Read more: Herb Jeffries, Pioneering Black Singing Cowboy of the Movies, Dies at 100

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