The Coloured Idea Band of Sonny Clay arrives in Sydney, 1928 / Sam Hood

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Where: 1A Circular Quay W, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

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Note: The band entered Sydney Harbour playing their newly composed "Australian Stomp" on deck, with their dancers performing. After good reviews, the Truth newspaper organised for the band to be raided. They were found with Australian women and deported. African American bands were banned from visiting until 1954. The Library has photographs of the Louis Armstrong tour, the first Afro-American entertainer to visit after the ban was lifted, and of the Harlem Blackbirds in 1955, the first Afro-Amercian group to visit.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Apr/2009 03:53:37

    Not a piece of Australian history to be proud of, I'd say. Here's what an earlier (1926) Sonny Clay band sounded like: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrD4mflJfLA

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    abner44

    • 30/Aug/2013 16:11:35

    wzwz

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    thelightinlife

    • 11/Oct/2013 01:18:41

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] thanks for the youtube link!

2 weeks ago a contributor from Sydney, Australia suggested this image location is -33.8591, 151.21

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Rough location