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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sun, 19th Jul '09 3:51 AM


James emailed this out and I was watching and enjoying the Bob Hope/Jimmy Cagney dance duel.

Then I was intrigued by a sliding dance step Hope does between 1:30 and 1:45 that I had never noticed before.

Does this look to you guys like the precursor to MJ's moon walk?

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.8 - Posts: 1581)
Sun, 19th Jul '09 7:23 AM

That was great! It did have the flavor of the moonwalk! Those two sure could dance couldn't they? Love those old movies!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 19th Jul '09 7:48 AM

Who knew the moonwalk has such an interesting history?

"The move commonly referred to as the moonwalk was originally known as the backslide, or "walking on your toes." Similar steps are reported as far back as 1932, used by Cab "Minnie the Moocher" Calloway. It was first recorded in 1955 in a performance by tap dancer Bill Bailey.The French mime artist, Marcel Marceau, used it throughout his career (from the 1940s through the 1980s), as part of the drama of his mime routines. Marceau's famous "Walking Against the Wind" routine was the original influence that Jackson drew from, in which Marceau pretends to be pushed backwards by a gust of wind.

Prior to Jackson, James Brown had used the move, for example in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. David Bowie was probably the first rock musician to perform it, though he remained stationary. An embryonic version of the move appears in Bowie's 1960s mime pieces; he had studied mime under √Čtienne Decroux, Marceau's teacher, and under Lindsay Kemp, who had trained with Marceau. By the time of his 1974 Diamond Dogs Tour, Michael Jackson was among those attending Bowie's Los Angeles shows, later remarking on Bowie's strange moves. Another early moonwalker was Jeffrey Daniel, who moonwalked in a performance of Shalamar's "A Night To Remember" on Top of the Pops in 1982."

Bbear  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 2297)
Sun, 19th Jul '09 10:54 AM

THANKS! I'd never seen that clip before. Absolutely made my morning!

Bbear  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 2297)
Sun, 26th Jul '09 11:17 PM

Bump. everyone look! This is fantastic!

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Sun, 26th Jul '09 11:54 PM

Donna, that was SO interesting ... I never connected the dots on those entertainers. Makes you appreciate the years they put in perfecting their craft -- and because of that, we'll always remember them. The later fast-tracking performers were cheated out of that in a way.

Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6644)
Mon, 27th Jul '09 12:24 AM

Have you guys seen the cake walk?

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