Eugene "Pineapple" Jackson: His Own Story

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At age 6, Eugene Jackson was tap dancing for nickels and dimes on the streets of Los Angeles. Soon after, Jackson landed the role of "Pineapple" in Hal Roach's enduring 1924 comedy series Our Gang. Jackson broke away from the other "little rascals" for a solo career that saw him become the first African American child star in talkies, appearing in 1929's Hearts in Dixie. At age 16, his personal vaudeville tour visited 89 cities in 16 states. A true trailblazer, Jackson opened ...

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At age 6, Eugene Jackson was tap dancing for nickels and dimes on the streets of Los Angeles. Soon after, Jackson landed the role of "Pineapple" in Hal Roach's enduring 1924 comedy series Our Gang. Jackson broke away from the other "little rascals" for a solo career that saw him become the first African American child star in talkies, appearing in 1929's Hearts in Dixie. At age 16, his personal vaudeville tour visited 89 cities in 16 states. A true trailblazer, Jackson opened the door for other African American entertainers.

In his first-ever autobiographical work, Jackson recounts his remarkable career in show business as an actor, comic, singer, dancer and musician. He recalls working with such entertainment giants as Gene Autry, Irene Dunne, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis, Jr., Gene Kelly, Al Jolson and Gregory Hines, to name a few. Rare personal photographs and a filmography supplement the story of Mr. Jackson's amazing life, told in his own words.

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fascinating insights...an extraordinary career
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wonderful reading...what an interesting life [Jackson] has had
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Jackson, a living slice of American entertainment history, is still a crowd pleaser and deserves to be paid: buy the book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786405336
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 235

Meet the Author

The late Eugene W. Jackson II ran a dance school in Compton, California until his death in late 2001. Gwendolyn Sides St. Julian is a speech pathologist in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword 1
Prologue 3
1 My Childhood and Early Career 7
2 Comedy Series 18
3 Silents in the Roaring Twenties 34
4 Talkies, 1928-1937 43
5 Singing Cowboys and Dancing Crows 55
6 Vaudeville Tour, 1932-1933 60
7 Roles for African Americans 83
8 Directors, Producers, Residuals and Agents 90
9 Beer Joints, Nightclubs and My Dancing Girls 95
10 Honolulu Tour, 1941 101
11 Army Days and Defense Work, 1942-1943 109
12 The Jackson Trio 125
13 Amos 'n' Andy and Elvis 147
14 My Family 150
15 My Talented Students 165
16 Calls, Letters and Visits 167
17 Tap 170
18 Theater, Film and Television 175
19 The Golden Years 184
Mr. J. and Me 187
Epilogue 191
Filmography 195
Bibliography 205
Index 209
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