Past Performers

SEEKING PERFORMERS FROM THE PAST
Did you, your parent or grandparent perform or work with Harlem in Havana or Harlem Revue ? If so, we want to hear your story. Please contact us today. Below is a growing list of the show’s troupe from 1935 to 1967:





CARNIVAL COMPANY
Royal American Shows
HQ: Tampa, Florida 

OWNERS/ MANAGEMENT
Claxton, Leon D. (owner/producer, emcee)
Claxton, Gwendolyn Bates (co-manager)

TALKERS

Paradise, Tony (front manager/ talker)
Adams, Skeeter (talker)

STAFF/CREW
Anderson, Helen
Alexander, Claire (transportation)
Burns, David (stage manager)
Claxton, Charles
Claxton, Ira
Cohen, Murray (concession)
Cohen, Shirley (concession)
Cunningham, John (tent)
Dunnigan, Charles (tent)
Duncan Jr., Fred (tent)
Gortell, Michles 
Hammond, David Russell (asst mgr)
Jackson, Jack (tent mgr)
James, Cleon L. (tent)
Johnson, Jack (canvas bossman. concession mgr)
Johnson, Walter (Bobby) (porter)
Johns, George (foreman)
Kelly, Bob (talker)
Lawrence, Faye (costume designer)
Linden, Henry (front manager)
McGowan, Shon (dance director/choreographer)
Mobely, Wilbert (cook) 
Orchard, James (talker) 
Robinson, Ocsar
Roberts, Bobby (assistant dance director)
Ross, Robert
Russell, Arthur (tent)
Schloo Chick (talker)
“Skins” (Security)
Smalls Boykin (assistant dance director)
Summers, Louis Gene (cook)
Williams, Theodore (tent)
Winkler, Bob (talker)

COMICS/ EMCEES
Allyn, Billy
Bowen, Homer Lee
Butter Beans & Dixie
Cook & Brown
Claxton, Leon 
Dickerson, Claude
Dink, Wink and Blink
Fox, Redd
Jackson, Al “Fats” 
James, Frank
Jones, Helen (fat lady) 
Lewis, Willie 
Mucherum, William 
Patterson & Jackson 
Redd Foxx
Seals, Ernie
Scott, Dianah
“Tiny” Kennedy
Thomas, Rufus (emcee)
TootSweet
Tyson & Tyson
Tyson, Clay
Warren, Jimmy
Willie TootSweet

DANCERS
Abascal, Victoria
Alcainas, Hermania
Alonso, Josphina
Allen Dancers
Averhoff, Mina
Baker, Darneatha "Tootsie" (fan dancer)
Barnes, Mary 
Bates, Mary Shirley
Bates, Delores
Bates Claxton, Gwendolyn 
Clayton “Peg Leg” (tap dancer)
Boykin, Smalls
Billy, Leroy and Shine
Briggs, Clara 
Burnette, Annie Jean
Burke, India
Camejo, Lillia
Chick and Vickey 
Daniels, Dorothy
Davis, Sonya
DeJan, Laurita Rose
Dloet, Lesvia De La Crus
Elsie
Estelle (rhumba dancer)
Fox, Gloria
Frank, Juilan (choregrapher)
Ferrer, Erine
Fields, Daisy
Fouchee Dancers (Haitian dancers)
Gaye, Kim (Stripper)
Gleenio, Marty
Goodwin, Lester (choreographer)
Goye, Kim
Green, Joan
Greta Garbage Garland (satire dancer)
Grimke, Harold
Hall, Daisy
Hall, Juanita
Harvey, Laurita
Heard, Henry “Crip” (tap dancer)
Holman, Jesse (exotic dancer)
Jackson, Doris
Jette, Anna
Jones, Noblez
Joseph, Katherine (adagio dancer)
Joseph, Willie
Kelly, Earline
Kit Kats (dance team)
Kitty Kat (fan dancer)
Lawrence, Faye (costume designer)
Lawton, Carol K.
Lee, Delores
“Little Cameojio”
Lovett, Milton 
Lynn, Dee Dee
Louis - Taylor, Emma
Madrid and Pitucha (rumba team)
McGowan Dancers
Gowan Trio
McGowan, Shon (dance director/ choreographer)
Muldrew, Delores
Murray, Pixie
Noland & Yvonne (limbo dancers)
Patterson, Fanet
Perkins, Pat
Reed, Charles (barefoot dancer)
Rhythm Rockets
“Riff Cats”
Roberts, Bobby
Rodriquez, Nancy
Rose, Little Gladys
Ross, Beatrice
Scott, Venus “Tiny”
Serrano, Dolores De Suzy
Shuff, Pauline
Slayden, Peaches
Smalls, Boykin
Smith-Burnside, Verna Mae
Smith, Hilda
Smith, Geneva
Sparkey & Spencer (tap dancers)
Stovell, Lorraine Lee
Swaine, Julian (Choregrapher)
Talbert, Norma
The Three  Bopadairs
Three Chocolateers
Three Leggers
Tony Tony (adagio dancer)
Tylar, Ruth
Valdes, Mario
Vega, Pitucha
Vega, Caredad
Vicki & Rudy (tap dancers)
Whitfield, Ruby (Marie)
Williams, Doris
Williams, Francis
Wingo Twins
Wright, Shirley

VOCALISTS
5 Pennies
Ali, Vilma
Bass, Fontella
Berry, Chuck 
Big Memphis Ma Rainey
Blatch, Viola
Burton, Goldie
Cole, Cozy
Conners, Harold (Hal)
Cubanos
Dinah Washington
Dean, Chubby
“Four Notes”
Five Kubanas
Gould, George  (Baritone)
Hammond, David Russell
Hollin, Evelyn
Holloway, Charles
Lee, Carol 
Little Bea 
Lynn, Micki
Meyers, Herbert
Mitchum, Bea
Myers, John
Myers, James
Nelson, Gilbert 
The Avalons
The Profiles
The Kubanas
Valdes, Merceditas
Versatiles
Washington, Benjamin
Washingtn, Dinah
Wright, Carol

MUSICIANS
Alexander, Felix
Alexander, Ike
Belvin, Nathan
Bennett, Walter
Bermudz, Carlos (band leader)
Berry, Chuck
Booker, Henry
Bowie, Lester
Carlos, Jewels
Carlos, Pete
Cooper, Steve
Costello, Larry
Davis, Pops
Diannard, Richard 
Dempsey, James Warren (trumpet)
Diaz, Raoul
Edwards, Darnell
Fellove, Gabino
Fields, George (band leader)
Fontaine, Maurice (band lead)
Ford Jr. Frederick
Frasier, James
Hall, Reginald
Harvey, William (Musical Director)
Jackson, Cleophus
James, Frank
Jenkins, Wendell
Jimenez, Frank (cuban drummer)
Hampton, Riley
Hamilton, Walter Karl (guitarist)
Harrell, Bob “Buddy”
Harrison, Donald (trumpet)
Harvey, Cephus 
Horst, Kenny (drummer)
Hughes, George
Lacey, Bill (Bandleader)
“Little Genevieve” (Bandleader)
Matthews, Hardy
Martin, Bill 
Martinez, Gullermina
Maxie, Freddie
Means Jr., Jeff
McGee, Gossie D.
McKee Trio
Milton, Roy (band leader)
Monday, Paul
Panier, Frank (cuban drummer)
Peterson, Larry (drummer)
Phillips, John
Raymond, Henry (alto sax)
Reason, Irving Louis (arranger)
Rhythm Willie (Harmonica)
Rodriquez Trio 
Rodriquez, Giraldo
Roy Milton Band
Scott, Herbert
Scott, Earl (bandleader)
Scott, Jack (bandleader)
Serrano Plar, Berta
Smith Jr., Nathan (Bass)
Sims, Jack
Simon, Jinx (bandleader)
Thomas, Carl (bandleader)
Thomas, Emory
Three Bopadairs
Varona, Enrique (cuban drummer)
Washington, George
Watson, Thomas
White, John
Witherspoon, Hillard
Wynder, Rocky 
Wirdchard, Albert
Woodard, Eddie Nathan