THE ORIGINAL SINGING COWBOY
When it comes to singing in westerns,before Roy Rogers, there was Herb Jeffries. Herbert "Herb" Jeffries known in his western movie heyday as "The Bronze Buckaroo"was the star of several all black westerns and loaned his voice to a uniqiue style of music that was a blend of county western and jazz better known as "Western Swing". In addition to singing his own compositions in the westerns he starred in, he also performed his own stunts as the character Bob Blake and sang with the Duke Ellington Orchestra during the 1940's. Herb's rich barritone voice helped to sell 50 million copies of the song Flamingo, the most popular song of his career. Herb has enjoyed a long career with accompanying honors that include a star on the hollywood walk of fame and his induction into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 2004. At the age of 96, the still active and might I say still handsome entertainer still perfoms as various venues throughout the year. Having personaly met Mr.Jeffries and enjoyed seeing him perform, I can tell you first hand, he is a class act and as My Mr. Hubba Hubba of the month, Herb, I salute you!