Deep Ellum and Central Track: Where the Black and White Worlds of Dallas Converged

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A mile east of the School Book Depository in downtown Dallas lies a section of the city called Deep Ellum. Because of the area's long association with blues and jazz musicians, Deep Ellum has been shrouded in myth and misconceptions which obscure its actual history. Alan Govenar and Jay Brakefield - using oral histories, old newspapers and photographs, city directories and maps, as well as more traditional public records and secondary sources - reveal another side of Deep Ellum which includes Central Track, an ...
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A mile east of the School Book Depository in downtown Dallas lies a section of the city called Deep Ellum. Because of the area's long association with blues and jazz musicians, Deep Ellum has been shrouded in myth and misconceptions which obscure its actual history. Alan Govenar and Jay Brakefield - using oral histories, old newspapers and photographs, city directories and maps, as well as more traditional public records and secondary sources - reveal another side of Deep Ellum which includes Central Track, an area lined with black-owned business which served both black and white patrons during its heyday in the 1920s and 30s. In the Deep Ellum and Central Track areas, African Americans and whites - primarily Eastern European Jews - operated businesses from the late 19th to the mid- 20th centuries, creating a unique social climate where cultural interaction took place. Much of the information in the book is presented through the stories of remarkable individuals, including professionals, pawn-brokers and other merchants, police officers, criminals, and the blues and jazz musicians who had a lasting impact on American popular music.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781574410518
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Deep Ellum in Fact and Fiction
1 The Railroads Create Deep Ellum 1
2 The Architect of Deep Ellum 11
3 Black Dallas 19
4 Jewish Pawnbrokers and Merchants of Deep Ellum 41
5 Deep Ellum Blues: Song of the Street 56
6 Blind Lemon Jefferson and Downhome Blues 61
7 The Contemporaries of Blind Lemon 86
8 Blind Willie Johnson and Arizona Dranes: The "Holy Blues" of Deep Ellum 100
9 Alex Moore and Dallas Piano Blues 108
10 Buster Smith: Dallas Jazz Goes to Kansas City and New York 121
11 Marvin Montgomery: Country Crossover 138
12 Benny Binion: Gambling and the Policy Racket 170
13 "Deep Ellum's Just Too Doggone Slow": Decline and Rebirth 180
App. 1 Selected Blues, Jazz, Gospel, and Country Discography 199
App. 2 Light Crust Doughboys Recording Sessions, 1936-1948 281
App. 3 Deep Ellum on Record 319
App. 4 Deep Ellum Blues 321
Bibliography 323
Index 329
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