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Kicking off Aretha Franklin’s birthday with this gem from the VBG archives: a shot of Ms. Franklin rehearsing with the legendary dancer and choreographer Charles “Cholly” Atkins at a dance studio in 1961. Mr. Atkins (1913-2003) created the iconic dance moves of The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips and The Supremes’s famous “Stop! In the Name of Love” hand movement (!!!) The Alabama-born Mr. Atkins began his career as a vaudeville performer and was one half of the legendary dance duo Coles and Atkins with Honi Coles. In 1988, he shared a Tony Awards for choreographing the Broadway show, “Black and Blue.” Photo: Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images.

I’ve collected this stuff, and I’m sure I’ll keep collecting till they lay me down.
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Frank Driggs, describing his past, present, and future in 2005.

Photos of Jazz’s Memory Lane, for Sale,” by Renee Montagne (NPR Morning Edition; March 15, 2005)

Frank Driggs, Collector of Jazz Photos, Dies at 81,” by Margalit Fox (New York Times; September 26, 2011)

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WHICH ONE’S UNCOMFORTABLE? - Gary Cooper, center, who prefers cowboy togs to evening clothes, accompanied by Georges Rigaud, Argentine actor recently placed under contract by Paramount, called on Robert Florey, left, while the latter was directing “Dangerous to Know” in which Anna May Wong, Akim Tamiroff and Gail Patrick are featured.  Florey was unsuccessful in getting either Cooper or Rigaud to appear in one scene for the picture, Cooper’s excuse being that he couldn’t stand being dressed up that long.

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