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date: 22 February 2020

Johnson, Ken “Snake Hips” [Hymans-Johnson [Hijmans-Johnson], Kendrick Reginald ]locked

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[Hymans-Johnson [Hijmans-Johnson], Kendrick Reginald ]

(b Georgetown, British Guiana [now Guyana], Sept 10, 1914; d London, March 8, 1941). British Guiana bandleader and dancer. The birthdate of 22 June 1917 given in the first edition of this dictionary derives from an error in the registers of his British school. He had little musical training, but was featured in a comb-and-paper band at Queens College, Georgetown. From 1929 he attended school in England. His interest in dancing developed from his contact with the African-American choreographer Clarence “Buddy” Bradley, and he began working as a dancer and choreographer in 1933; he assisted Bradley with film choreography, and he may be seen dancing in the film Oh Daddy (1934). A tour of the Caribbean in 1935 was interrupted by work in American film studios in April and May, and Johnson allegedly danced for Fletcher Henderson and made two film shorts. He returned to England in ...

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