February 28, 2017  

Herb Jeffries, First Black Singing Cowboy, Dies at 100

May 27, 2014 (3:18 am) GMT
Jeffries, who appeared in movies such as 'The Bronze Buckaroo' and 'Harlem Rides the Range' among others, died of heart failure in a hospital.
Herb Jeffries, First Black Singing Cowboy, Dies at 100

Actor singer Herb Jeffries, the first African-American singing cowboy in movies, has passed away. Author Raymond Strait who is working on the star's autobiography "Color of Love" confirmed the sad news to Los Angeles Times, saying that Jeffries died on Sunday, May 25 in West Hills (Calif.) Hospital and Medical Center because of heart failure.

Jeffries was born Umberto Valentino in Detroit in 1913 to an Irish mother and a father of Sicilian, Ethiopean, French, Italian and Moorish descent. In the 1930s, he appeared in five western movies which had all-black casts, "Harlem on the Prairie", "Two-Gun Man From Harlem", "Rhythm Rodeo", "The Bronze Buckaroo" and "Harlem Rides the Range". During his career, he also took part on some TV shows including "Where's Huddles?" and "Hawaii Five-O".

Jeffries also joined Duke Ellington Orchestra. His popular songs included "Flamingo", "In My Solitude" and "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good". After serving in the army during the World War II, Jeffries put out some popular hits called "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano" and "Basin Street Blues ".

He is survived by his wife Savannah, three daughters, two sons, some grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Keyshia Cole Punishes Cheating Boyfriend in 'You' Music Video Ft. Remy Ma and French Montana
  2. Vera Farmiga Set to Star as Millie Bobby Brown's On-Screen Mother in 'Godzilla 2'
  3. Lorde Teases Upcoming Music With Mysterious Ad
  4. 'The Voice' Season 12 Premiere: Gwen Stefani Returns as Coach and Wins the First Four-Way Battle
  5. J Balvin, Camila Cabello and Pitbull Tease New Track 'Hey Ma' on Instagram
  6. An Alleged Sex Tape of Trey Songz Leaks Online Amid Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma's Beef
  7. Emma Stone Says the Oscars Blunder Was One of the Most Horrible Moments of Her Life
  8. Drake on Remy Ma's Diss Track: 'His Heart's Bleeding for Nicki Minaj'