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Oral history interview with Robert Key

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Creator:Key, Robert, 1914-
Creator:Friedman, Robert
Title:Oral history interview with Robert Key
Date:1977 Oct. 25

Oral history interview with Robert Key, conducted October 25, 1977 by Robert Friedman. Mr. Key was a musician. He was born in Louisville but really launched his career in Chicago before touring as a singer. In this interview, he discusses his career, including the stint he did in the U.S. Army in Asia and Europe. He also discusses the music "scene" in Louisville in the middle of the twentieth century, beginning with the nightclubs that were open in the 1920s-1940s, under segregation, and including an assessment of the clubs hosting live music in the 1970s. Mr. Key also assesses the local talent, and discusses the difficulty of making it as a performer in Louisville.

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Types:Sound recordings | Transcripts | Oral histories | Sound | Text
Subjects:Key, Robert, 1914- | African American singers--Kentucky--Louisville | African American musicians--Kentucky--Louisville | Nightclubs--Kentucky--Louisville | Singers | Musicians | African Americans--Recreation--Kentucky--Louisville | African American theaters--Kentucky--Louisville | African Americans--Music | Discrimination in public accomodations--Kentucky--Louisville | Concert tours | Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corporation--Employees | United States. Army--African Americans--Europe | United States. Army--African Americans--Asia | United States, Kentucky, Jefferson County, Louisville, 38.2542376, -85.759407 | United States, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, 41.850033, -87.6500523
Collection:African American Oral History Collection
Institution:University of Louisville University Archives and Records Center
Contributors:University of Louisville. Libraries. Archives and Special Collections
Original Material:

African American Community Interviews Collection (William F. Ekstrom Library. University Archives and Records Center)

Audiocassettes 416 and 417, African American Oral History Collection, Oral History Center, University of Louisville Archives and Records Center.

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Forms part of online collection: African American Community Interviews, Oral History Center, University of Louisville Archives and Records Center

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