Among the initial African-American theatrical performers to seem regularly on Broadway. He most famously made an appearance in Deep River and Present Sail boat. He graduated from Bishop University in Tx and continued to wait Columbia School and Virginia Union University. He portrayed the type of Joe in the 1927 primary Broadway creation of Show Sail boat; professional Paul Robeson ultimately gained greater identification for the function. He was created in Waco, Tx. He passed away in his mid-forties in LA, California. He made an appearance with Helen Morgan in the Broadway musical Present Boat.
|1||In 1932, the first stage revival of "Show Boat", in which Paul Robeson finally played the role of Joe in the U.S., began to lose money because of the Great Depression. (Robeson had previously played Joe in the 1928 London Production of "Show Boat".) So, on tour in the U.S., the revival was reduced to what is called a "tab show" (a ninety minute condensed version of the nearly three-hour musical), and in this tab show, Bledsoe replaced Paul Robeson, and once again played the role of Joe.|
|2||Made several "soundies", which were once thought lost, but have since been recovered.|
|3||He had a fatal cerebral hemorrhage while at his manager's house in Hollywood.|
|4||Although he was a famed singer in his time, few of his recordings are in print today, except for his version of "Ol' Man River", which has recently appeared on the CD collection, "The Ultimate 'Show Boat'", and some vintage recordings of black spirituals, which have recently been released on CD. In contrast to such famous African-American singers as Paul Robeson and William Warfield, both of whom also sang and acted the role of Joe in "Show Boat", Bledsoe is practically unknown to modern audiences.|
|5||Noted African-American concert and opera bass-baritone who sang with such orchestras as the Concertgebeouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. He also sang the role of Amonasro in Verdi's "Aida" in several productions of the work.|
|6||When the Broadway premiere of "Show Boat" was delayed in 1927 by Ziegfeld, Paul Robeson became unavailable, so Jules Bledsoe stepped in. He played and sang the role of Joe, introducing "Ol' Man River".|
|Drums of the Congo||1942||Kalu|
|On the Levee||1929||Short||Baritone Vocalist|
|Old Man Trouble||1929||Short||Jules Bledsoe - Baritone|
|Show Boat||1929||Joe [prologue]|
|Drums of the Congo||1942||performer: "'Round the Bend", "River Man", "Hear the Drums Beat Out"|
|Show Boat||1929||performer: "Ol' Man River" 1927, "The Lonesome Road" 1927 - uncredited|
|Show Boat||1929||singing voice: Stepin Fetchit - uncredited|
|Dear Old Southland||1930||Short||Himself|
|Biography||1996||TV Series documentary||Joe in 'Show Boat'|
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