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Bibb, Charles Leon

(born: 1922  -  died: 2015) 

Charles Leon Bibb was born in Louisville, KY. A World War II veteran, he became a classically-trained singer who performed folk music in Greenwich Village in the 1950s and 1960s. He relocated to Vancouver, Canada, where he continued to perform.

Bibb appeared in three films with Sidney Portier and was an opening act for Bill Cosby in the 1960s. He was blacklisted for playing in Russia. Bibb had a successful Broadway career, including his performance in the production Lost in the Stars. He also toured with Finian's Rainbow. In 2006 he headlined a concert in Port Coquitlam, Canada.

Leon Bibb was the father of Eric Bibb, a blues singer and songwriter. He lived in Vancouver, Canada, where he died October 23, 2015.

For more see Directory of Blacks in the Performing Arts, 2nd ed., by E. Mapp; In Black and White. A guide to magazine articles, newspaper articles, and books concerning Black individuals and groups, 3rd ed., edited by M. M. Spradling; J. Warren, "Bibb performs with Coastal Sound," The Tri-City News (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada), 11/15/2006, Arts section, p. 31; and "Leon Bibb, 93, singer and Tony-nominated actor," Boston Herald, 11/01/2015, p. 34.

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