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Lockport, Illinois

b. 1936


Beginning in 1952, the Lions Club began putting on an annual Variety Show in April that ran for three consecutive evenings. This show was also known as a "Minstrel Show" and featured for a small part of the show a group of "End Men" in black-face makeup. The show ran for five consecutive years. Here are the programs:

The shows consisted of music number after music number, and the accompaniments were always some combination of piano, organ and orchestra. Throughout the first four years, John "Pop" Leedom made the accompanimental arrangements that the orchestra played, and the Jimmy Stephenson Swing Band emerged from this orchestra group. Much credit goes to Mr. Leedom for helping the Swing Band get started.