Bill Bailey Master of Tap and Moonwalk?
Bill Bailey's Version of the Moonwalk
Bill Bailey One of the Tap Kings
Born William Norton Bailey on December 8, 1912. Changed his name to Bill Bailey, and became a professional tap dancer. Married Pernell Bailey, fathered nine children, and was grandfather to many more.
Older brother of comedian, actress and singer the great Pearl Bailey passed away on December 12, 1978. Unfortunately, not much is written about Mr. Bailey and his career. While researching this master of tap I ran across something rather curious.
Looks like Bill Bailey performed the moon-walk (Bill dubbed it the Backslide) before Michael Jackson. Bailey performed the "backslide" in the film Cabin In the Sky, Starring Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Lena Horne. Check in out for yourself.
MJ's Version of the Moonwalk
A Standard Tap Move
From watching these videos it seems that the "moon-walk / backslide" became a standard tap move that most tappers, back in the day, used in routines from Bill Bailey to Fred Astaire.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 - What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
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