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Conrad Buckner lectures at the University of Connecticut

 Digital Record


  • 1974 -1976



Master tap dancer Conrad "Little Buck" Buckner spoke to the Black Experience in the Arts course twice. The first time was 9/24/1974 (2015-0002/RR1) and the second on 2/3/1976 (2015-0002/RR 113).

Biographical / Historical

Little biographical information is known about Master tap dancer Conrad "Little Buck" Buckner. He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and his father, a singer, taught him to tap dance at age 5. As a child, he performed alongside many future famous entertainers such as Jane Wyman, Patricia Wymore, Joan Crawford, and Marlon Brando. Even as a young man he recognized that he was the only black performer on stage or in a program. Buckner performed on television throughout the 1950s and 1960s, including a September 27, 1959 performance on the nationally televised Ed Sullivan show. He is most recognized for his performances on the Ed Sullivan Show, appearing at least six times, most notably in 1965 and his challenge performance with Peg Leg Bates.

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2 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recordings) : RR 1 RR 113

Existence and Location of Originals

Original audio recordings reside in the University of Connecticut, Black Experience in the Arts Collection, Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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