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The “Real” Other Woman

 

(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC), a leading non-profit committed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of blacks in the film, television and entertainment industries announces the discovery and elevation of the prolific yet unsung song writer, journalist and poet Jessie Mae Robinson.

BHERC brings to the public the curated works of Jessie Mae Robinson on Friday, October 26, at the Nate Holden Performing Art Center 4708 W Washington Blvd, LA, CA 90016 at 7:30 PM. A musical story of the “Real Other Woman”, an  inspirational and soul stirring program that marks the celebration of her 100th birthday and launches a year of events staged to bring overdue recognition to Mrs. Robinson. 

 The host for the evening is award-winning actor, William Allen Young, CBS (Code Black) who is the perfect choice to guide the audience through a soul stirring evening of performances by local artists; musicians, poets and dance ensembles that will bring Mrs. Robinson’s original works to life.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased online at Http://www.itsmyseat.com/events/936526.html or the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center or call (310) 284-3170.  General Admission $40.00, Seniors and Students $30.00. 

 

About Jessie Mae Robinson

 

An unsung pioneering songwriter, Jessie Mae Robinson’s work and accomplishments are both phenomenal and prolific for a Black female lyricist and songwriter of her time.

She wrote for the top Rand B, Blues, Country and Pop artists of the time who recorded her songs including Sarah Vaughn, BB King, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, the Go’s Go’s, Greg Allman and so many more. 

Mrs. Robinson’s top selling blues songs included “Black Night” and “Seven Long Days” by Charles Brown; “Roomin House Boogie”, “Tears, Tears, Tears” and “In The Middle of The Night” by Amos Milburn and “Sneakin Around” by BB King. In 1952, Mrs. Robinson made history when her song by Patti Page, “I Went To Your Wedding” (first released by Damita Jo) went Number 1 on the Pop Charts and stayed 12 weeks, selling $1.5 million copies.

Although her life was short-lived, Mrs. Robinson’s impact was enormous with her music performed by the great Dinah Washington, who performed Mrs. Robinson’s first recorded song, “Mellow Man Blues”, in 1945. Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson recorded “Clean Head Blues” in 1946 and “Old Maid Boogie”, in 1947; which made it to number one on an R&B chart. This was one of the first, for a song written by an African American female writer.

Because of the success of her exceptional storytelling, the depth and broad reach through her writing — often of life’s struggle and pain — Mrs. Robinson broke the color and gender barriers and became one of the first African-American women admitted to the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). 

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JESSIE MAE ROBINSON

WHAT: 100th Birthday Celebration and Commemoration: Remembering the legacy of one of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) first African American female songwriters. Featuring top performers from Southern California.

THEME: Introducing Jessie Mae Robinson, “The Real Other Woman”.  A Night of Reflection, Song & Dance. 

WHERE: Nate Holden Performing Arts Center | 4718 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2018 | 7:30PM

ADMISSION: Advance Ticket Reservation Suggested.

$40.00 General Admission | $30.00 Students/Seniors

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