Ethel Ayler, Leslie Scott (left) and LeVern Hutcherson (right) arrive in Berlin for a second tour of concert performances of music from “Porgy and Bess” on December 12, 1955. You may remember Ms. Ayler as a model (with gorgeous silver hair) in the 1980s and as Claire Huxtable’s mother on “The Cosby Show.” Mr. Scott was a baritone who sang the part of “Porgy” and played “Jake” in the film version in 1959. Mr. Hutcherson was also a baritone who sang the role of “Porgy” many times and recorded a cast album of “Porgy and Bess” with my aunt, Margaret Tynes and the wonderful Avon Long as “Sportin’ Life.”
Singer and actress Ruby Hill in 1946 as she appeared in the program for the Broadway production of “St. Louis Woman,” written by Arna Bontemps and Countee Cullen with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Johnny Mercer.