Sheet music cover for songs by Christy's Minstrels, 1844. E. P. Christy shown in circle at top.
|Occupation||Stage actor, singer|
Born in Palmyra, New York, his career began as a star performer with his stepfather E. P. Christy's troupe Christy's Minstrels; in two and a half years with them he earned $19,680, a fortune for those times. Jim Comer credits him with inventing "the line", the structured grouping that constituted the first act of the standardized 3-act minstrel show, with the interlocutor in the middle and "Mr. Tambo" and "Mr. Bones" on the ends.
He died in New York City from cerebral edema in 1868.
- Lott, 1993, 174.
- Lott, 1993, 267.
- It is possible that he has him confused with E.P. Christy.
- Belcher, W.H., Interesting Career of Judge John W. Rea, originally from Passaic County Historical Publication, Vol. II, No. 1, September 1, 1931. Retrieved September 6, 2005.
- Comer, Jim, Every Time I Turn Around: Rite, Reversal, and the end of blackface minstrelsy. Retrieved September 6, 2005.
- Lott, Eric. Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. ISBN 0-19-507832-2.
- Gleasons Pictorial, 1854
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