Joey Hollingsworth

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Joey Hollingsworth

Joey Hollingsworth

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Joey Hollingsworth is famed as a dancer, singer, writer and actor. During his stellar career, he has represented Canada internationally and lent his talents to support Martin Luther King’s message during the U.S. Civil Rights movement at events with Harry Belafonte and the late Brock Peters from the movie To Kill a Mockingbird. He made his debut on the CBC in the 1950s with the show Pick The Stars and later appeared on Razzle Dazzle and co-starred on Portrait with French-Canadian performer Joel Denis (as the first black Canadian and French Canadian respectively to co-star on CBC). Joey was the first black Canadian to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. He was also a frequent guest appearing in over 48 episodes during the 1960s and1970s on Mr. Rogers’ Neighbourhood / Mister Rogers Show as the Dancing Salesman where his tap dancing shoes became famous. Living with his adoptive parents on Simcoe Street, Joey started tap dancing lessons as a young child. In 1946, while he was a pupil at Aberdeen Public School, he met and danced with the legendary Bill “Bojangles” Robinson at a London show. London fans remember him dancing on the cafeteria tables at Beal secondary school as a teenager or for the late Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau during an election campaign.

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