Pigmeat Markham

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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Singles & EPs

Pigmeat Markham - Here Comes The Judge / The Trial album art Pigmeat Markham Here Comes The Judge / The Trial (Single) Chess Germany 1968 Sell This Version
Pigmeat Markham - Sock It To 'Em Judge album art Pigmeat Markham Sock It To 'Em Judge (Single) Chess Canada 1968 Sell This Version
Pigmeat Markham - Pig's Popcorn / Who Got The Number album art Pigmeat Markham Pig's Popcorn / Who Got The Number (Single) Chess US 1969 Sell This Version
Pigmeat Markham - My Babe / Here Comes The Judge album art Little Walter, Pigmeat Markham Little Walter, Pigmeat Markham - My Babe / Here Comes The Judge (Single) Collectables, Chess, MCA Records US Unknown Sell This Version
1891 Pigmeat Markham Open The Door Richard Part 1 / Open The Door Richard Part 2(7", Single) Chess 1891 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

2CH60009 Pigmeat Markham - Laugh Time album art Moms Mabley & Pigmeat Markham Moms Mabley & Pigmeat Markham - Laugh Time(2xLP, Album, Comp) Chess 2CH60009 US 1964 Sell This Version
LPS - 1504 Pigmeat Markham - One More Time...... album art Moms Mabley & Pigmeat Markham Moms Mabley & Pigmeat Markham - One More Time......(LP, Comp) Chess LPS - 1504 US 1966 Sell This Version
SSI 876 Pigmeat Markham - Jive Talk album art Pigmeat Markham Jive Talk(CD, Comp, RM) Blues Journey SSI 876 US 1991 Sell This Version
03020616442 Pigmeat Markham - The Big Box Of Comedy album art Redd Foxx & Moms Mabley, Pigmeat Markham Redd Foxx & Moms Mabley, Pigmeat Markham - The Big Box Of Comedy(3xCD, Comp + Box, Comp) Fuel 2000 Records 03020616442 US 2007 Sell This Version
03020617612 Pigmeat Markham - Two Of A Kind album art Redd Foxx & Pigmeat Markham Redd Foxx & Pigmeat Markham - Two Of A Kind(CD, Comp) Fuel 2000 Records 03020617612 US 2009 Sell This Version

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PatV.

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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