Dan Dixon and Lonnie Johnson.

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Entertainers at Negro tavern. Chicago, Illinois

Tavern on southside of Chicago, April 1941… Pictured on left is Dan Dixon.  On the right is Lonnie Johnson (1889 – 1970), a pre-World War II recording star whose career on records stretched, unbroken, into the late 1960s.  The tavern is Squares Boulevard Lounge.

78 Blues: Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South
by John Minton, page 48

Library of Congress image, title: “Entertainers at Negro tavern. Chicago, Illinois;” photo by Russell Lee.


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