Did'ja know?: Wonderful Smith | Rock Candy

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Did'ja know?: Wonderful Smith

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 11:48 AM

The old maintenance man who tried (and failed) to get Spinal Tap on stage in one of the most famous scenes of any comedy ever is a native Arkadelphian?

It's Wonderful Smith, the iconic comedian, famous in the '30s and '40s for his boundary pushing, racially charged humor.

The late Mr. Smith also toured with Duke Ellington, counted Charlie Chaplin as a fan and escorted Hattie McDaniel to the 1940 Academy Awards when she became the first African-American to win an Oscar.

News to me.

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