Nipsey Russell

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Birth Name: Nipsey Russell
Born: 10/13/1924
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Death Place: New York, USA
Died: 10/02/2005

Born in Atlanta on Oct. 13, 1924, he earned a degree in English at the University of Cincinnati and originally planned to teach English but was drawn away by the lure of show business: he tap danced with the Ragamuffins of Rhythm, which helped prepare him for his later stints in musicals. He also worked as a carhop at Atlanta's famed Varsity Drive-In, making customers laugh to generate bigger tips. That experience helped him hone a nightclub act in New York in the 1950s at the Club Baby Grand. He also performed at Harlem's Apollo Theater, and to extend the reach of his stand-up routines, recorded several successful "party albums."

Russell made his breakthrough in the late 1950s with an ap... Continue Bio >>

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