Buck Washington was a renowned dancer and who was recognized as one of the best vaudeville entertainers of all time.
Washington was born in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1913, at the age of 10, Washington joined forces with pianist John W. Sublett, known as “Bubbles,” who was just one year older.
Washington and Bubbles teamed up in Indianapolis, Indiana, with Bubbles singing and dancing and Buck accompanying on piano. The two won several contests and played professional engagements in Louisville, Kentucky. Their audiences were often pleased with their singing, dancing, and comedy skits.
The two young men performed in 1922 at New York’s Palace Theater, which was the nation’s top vaudeville venue. The pair together broke color barriers by headlining the white vaudeville circuit across the country.
The duo also appeared in several Broadway Revues in the 1920s and 1930s.
Buck Washington died in 1955.