Special Program: Herb Jeffries Retrospective & Mayoral Proclamation – Saturday, September 15, 2:30 pm

Saturday, September 15th at 2:30 p.m. Admission to this event and the Museum is free.

Special Program: Herb Jeffries Retrospective and Mayoral Proclamation celebrating Jeffries Career and historic impact on popular culture. This look back at the Professional Career of Wichitan, Herb Jeffries by WSU history professors Dr. Robert Weems and Dr. Jay Price. Mr. Jeffries will be present for this program, followed by a reception.

Herb Jeffries, born in Detroit on Sept. 24, 1913, is an actor who has discounted racial barriers, an award winning vocalist and songwriter, and a humanitarian who received the Living Legacy Award from the Women’s International Center. Herb Jeffries made his first recording in 1934 with the Earl Hines Orchestra, and soon became the first Singing Cowboy of Color and Motion Picture Hero portraying the character “The Bronze Buckaroo”, a role model for thousands fans. Mr. Jeffries’ singing career spanned eight decades; he served as the vocalist in the Duke Ellington Orchestra during the early 1940’s, selling more than 50 million records. He has been recognized on the Palm Springs “walk of stars” and the Santa Clarita “western walk of fame” as well as the Hollywood Walk of Fame”. He was awarded the Congressional Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 for outstanding contribution to the development, influence and profound impact of the American art form of Jazz Music, born in America and enjoyed throughout the world. Jeffries has performed for five United States Presidents and a host of monarchs and foreign heads of state. He will be featured on the cover of the upcoming issue of Western Ways Magazine.

Today Herb Jeffries resides in the city of Wichita, Kansas with his wife Savannah. Carl Brewer, Mayor of the City of Wichita, Kansas, shall proclaim September 24, 2012 as Herb Jeffries Day and encourage all citizens to acknowledge the influence and accomplishments that this great man has contributed to America and the world.

Museum events sponsored in part through funding by the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County.


Saturday, September 15th at 2:30 p.m. Admission to this event and the Museum is free.


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3 Responses to Special Program: Herb Jeffries Retrospective & Mayoral Proclamation – Saturday, September 15, 2:30 pm

  1. Congratulations “Happy Cowboy” Herb, on this wonderful honor from the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County.

    “Bronze Buckaroo” all your friends in Hollywood send their very best to you and Savannah included with much love and happiness to you both.

    We look forward to your next visit!!!

  2. Katie West says:

    Dear Herb and Savannah,
    How wondcerful to get the great news. I love and miss you both. You both are an inspiration to America with your great values and talent.

    Herb, I am blessed that “The Bronze Buckaroo” is still going srong and Wichita also appreciates your God Given talents and accomplishments.

    September 24, 2012 as Herb Jeffries Day… is a wonderful testimony to your life and successes.

    Love and God’s Blessings,
    Katie “Heart” West

  3. Herb Jeffries has had a great voice — the 1930s. I enjoyed watching his 1930s cowboy films on TCM. It is important to point out, behind every great man, which Herb Jeffries is, is a Great Woman. Her name is Sarah Lee “Savannah” Shippen. As a kid she was always setting a good example, and boy could Sarah SING. In my youth I was a rock and roll sort of fellow, yet as I grew up I grew into respecting and loving the Standards and music of the previous generation. Such as the smooth voice of Herb Jeffries. Uncle Harold Adamson and Duke Ellington wrote: “Five O’Clock Drag.” Wonder if Herb ever sung this song? I would just like to send out an S.O.S. (pun intended) wishing YOU a great 100th Birthday. What an honor by mayor Brewer in Wichita to proclaim September 24th “Herb Jeffries Day.” Yippie !

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