Real Name:
Dewey Markham
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Born Dewey Markham on April 18, 1904 in Durham, North Carolina, Pigmeat Markham got his nickname from a song in his act called “Sweet Papa Pigmeat”. He started entertaining in 1917 at the age of thirteen when he danced on the southern “race” circuit with Bessie Smith and later appeared on burlesque bills with such comedy legends as Milton Berle, Red Buttons, and Eddie Cantor.
In the 50’s while playing such night clubs and theatres as the Regal in Chicago, The Howard in Washington, and of course the Apollo, Markham became one of Black America’s most popular entertainers. By 1968 he had signed with the famous Chicago blues record label Chess, and recorded what would later become a top 20 hit “Here Comes The Judge.”
Pigmeat Markham has made several appearances on television including a number of hilarious and memorable spots on The Ed Sullivan Show. Pigmeat Markham died December 13, 1981.
Markham starred in several films in the 1940’s
including “House-Rent Party” in 1946.
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Albums

16986, 6987 Pigmeat Markham - Chess Checker June 1968 Release LP Sampler album art Various I Got The Number and 2 more… Various - Chess Checker June 1968 Release LP Sampler(LP, Album, Smplr) Chess, Checker 16986, 6987 US 1968 Sell This Version
16585 Pigmeat Markham - Chess Checker LP Sampler January 1968 Release album art Various The Old Hat Various - Chess Checker LP Sampler January 1968 Release(LP, Album) Chess 16585 US 1968 Sell This Version
D 92-08 Pigmeat Markham - Week Of February 23, 1992 album art Dr. Demento Here Comes The Judge Dr. Demento - Week Of February 23, 1992(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One D 92-08 US 1992 Sell This Version

Compilations

ms M 77202 Pigmeat Markham - È La Fine Del Mondo album art Various Here Come The Judge Various - È La Fine Del Mondo(LP, Comp) Durium ms M 77202 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
FB 314 Pigmeat Markham - Black Power album art Various Who Got The Number Various - Black Power(LP, Comp) Fermata FB 314 Brazil 1970 Sell This Version
D. 30-195 Pigmeat Markham - The Best Of The Year album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - The Best Of The Year(LP, Comp) Cadet D. 30-195 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
2103-705 Pigmeat Markham - Basic Black 25 Hits album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - Basic Black 25 Hits(2xLP, Comp) GRT 2103-705 US 1975 Sell This Version
Pigmeat Markham - Essential Soul album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - Essential Soul (Comp) Knight Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
CD INS 5034 Pigmeat Markham - The Chess Story Volume 2 - From R & B To Soul album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - The Chess Story Volume 2 - From R & B To Soul(CD, Comp) Instant CD INS 5034 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
CDCD 1125 Pigmeat Markham - The Chess Story Volume Three - From R & B To Soul album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - The Chess Story Volume Three - From R & B To Soul(CD, Comp) Charly Records CDCD 1125 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
MCAD 22028 Pigmeat Markham - Cra-a-zy Hits album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - Cra-a-zy Hits(CD, Comp) MCA Special Products MCAD 22028 US 1990 Sell This Version
Pigmeat Markham - Talkin' Trash album art Various Your Wire's Been Tapped Various - Talkin' Trash (Comp) Crypt Records, Greasy Records US 1991 Sell This Version
Pigmeat Markham - Listen Hear! Essential Argo / Cadet Grooves album art Various The Hip Judge Various - Listen Hear! Essential Argo / Cadet Grooves (Comp) Charly Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
P2 53747 Pigmeat Markham - Wild & Crazy Tunes album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - Wild & Crazy Tunes(CD, Comp) Priority Records P2 53747 US 1994 Sell This Version
3004002 Pigmeat Markham - Mega Funk album art Various The Hip Judge Various - Mega Funk(4xCD, Comp) Arcade 3004002 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
Pigmeat Markham - Jump Blue (Rockin' The Jooks) album art Various See See Rider Various - Jump Blue (Rockin' The Jooks) (Comp) Blue Note, Blue Note Europe 1996 Sell This Version
CD LAB 100 Pigmeat Markham - The Chess Story album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - The Chess Story(2xCD, Comp, RM) Charly Records CD LAB 100 Portugal 1996 Sell This Version
PP96004 Pigmeat Markham - Remember The 60's album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - Remember The 60's(CD, Comp) Popeye PP96004 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
CDKEND 134 Pigmeat Markham - Chess Club Rhythm & Soul album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - Chess Club Rhythm & Soul(CD, Comp) Kent Dance CDKEND 134 UK 1996 Sell This Version
PP96024 Pigmeat Markham - Dance All Night! album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - Dance All Night!(CD, Comp) Popeye PP96024 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
KBOX368 Pigmeat Markham - The 60's Collection album art Various Here Comes The Jungle Various - The 60's Collection(Box + 3xCD, Comp) K-Box Records KBOX368 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
KBOX368A Pigmeat Markham - The 60's Collection CD 1 album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - The 60's Collection CD 1(CD, Comp) K-Box Records KBOX368A Europe 1997 Sell This Version
KBOX 380-C Pigmeat Markham - Oh What A Year 1965-1969 album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - Oh What A Year 1965-1969(CD, Comp) K-Box Records, Weton-Wesgram KBOX 380-C Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
3805962 Pigmeat Markham - The Chess Story 1947-1975 album art Various Here Comes The Judge Various - The Chess Story 1947-1975(Box, Ltd, Num + 14xCD, Comp, RM + CD-ROM, Enh) MCA Records, Universal 3805962 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
Pigmeat Markham - Mojo Club Dancefloor Jazz Volume 9 (Never Felt So Free) album art Various Who Got The Number Various - Mojo Club Dancefloor Jazz Volume 9 (Never Felt So Free) (Comp) Universal Jazz (Germany) Germany 2000 Sell This Version

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PatV.

May 3, 2007
edited over 12 years ago
Dewey "Pigmeat" Markhan was one of the only African-American performers to break the color barrier and perform in the then segregated world of Big Time Burlesque. And of course it was in the Minsky's show that he led the way. Prior to that he was a big star on the black vaudeville for the Theatre Owners and Bookers Association, which was called the TOBA circuit. It had only black entertainers and played to black audiences. It was mainly through the Deep South but there were also TOBA houses in Chicago, Baltimore, Washington DC, St. Louis and Kansas City. The world-famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem was a member of the chain. Mr. Markham was king of the comics at the Apollo. He was a big raucous comedian who's speciality was courtroom scenes.

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