|Undated photograph of Jimmy Daniels |
performing, possibly on a
Around 1950, Daniels became the host at the Bon Soir on West 8th Street, a chic supper club. Known as a place where African Americans and Whites, as well as gay and straight clientele, interacted without tension, the club was described as having a balance of elegant, intimate, risque, and respectable ambiance. Jimmy Daniels was a popular figure at the Bon Soir for ten years as the host/singer/emcee.
Daniels’ career and his many associations with fellow entertainers, musicians, singers, and society people are documented in the Rex Madsen and Jimmy Daniels Photograph Collection at the Amistad Research Center. Comprised of almost 300 photographs, the collection includes images of Daniels performing and entertaining, as well as a number of inscribed photographs from others to Daniels. Of note are over 50 photographs by Carl Van Vechten of leading African American entertainers and figures, such as Edna Thomas, Harry Belafonte, Joe Louis, Bricktop, Billie Dee Williams, Diana Sands, Pearl Bailey, and others.
|Jimmy Daniels with writer and film |
director Kenneth MacPherson and
actress Blanche Dunn.
Posted by Christopher Harter
(Images from the Rex Madsen and Jimmy Daniels Photograph Collection. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)