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also the Cat's Corner fans' personal tribute
At the autograph table, Barbara, Leonard and fan
Leonard with Myra Taylor, one of Kansas City's premier blues singers.
Myra and Leonard go back to 1938 when Leonard hired her for a show in
Chicago. Leonard recalled the vocal qualities that led him to hire her
for the show.
Leonard at the podium - acceptance bit.
Buck O'Neill. Looking through Leonard's album I had seen pictures of
Leonard as a player on the Kansas City Blues, a farm team for the New
York Yankees but he hadn't mentioned any other associations. What a
surprise when on my arrival at Bruce Watkins, Buck O'Neill got out of
the car next to mine and entered the building. Then Leonard and Buck
greeted each other as back-slappin' buddies from the old, old days.
Just one more surprising everyday event in Leonard's life of "everyday"
Fayard Nicholas and wife Kathryn Hopkins. Both Nicholas brothers, Fayard
and Harold, and their wives, were at the tribute. The brothers are tap
legends and have a chapter in the book "Tap!" Leonard and
the brothers have a long association. (Note: Harold
died July 4th, 2000)
Mark Yonally, tap dancer from Chicago, performed at the event. Here
he is in a solo performance.
The McFadden Brothers. Two of Kansas City's finest tappers were in
the audience and were invited up to the stage to jam with the other
A jam with assembled members of the performace troup and some members
from the talented audience. Here Mark Yonally is front and center.
The Reed family (no relation to Leonard). Daughter Robin, Father and
show producer Robert Reed II, son Robert III. Robert produces Tap St.
Louis (in August).