Oral History of Lonnie Hamilton, interviewed by Kieran Walsh Taylor, 16 February, 2017

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Oral History of Lonnie Hamilton, interviewed by Kieran Walsh Taylor, 16 February, 2017

Description

Musician, educator, and community leader Lonnie Hamilton III was born in Charleston in 1927. He is a graduate of South Carolina State College and VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. In the interview, Hamilton reflects about growing up and developing his career in the segregated South since his beginnings at Burke High and the Jenkins Orphanage Band. He speaks about his long and gratifying career as an educator, teaching music at Sims High School in Union, South Carolina and at Bonds-Wilson High School in North Charleston, South Carolina, and the many relationships he forged with his students over the years. He talks about the highlights of his performing career: playing daily on Channel 2, attaining the dream to have his own club, Lonnie’s, his successful years playing at Henry’s on North Market Street, and having the opportunity to compose an original song, “Ugly Way Blues” that he performed for the movie Rich in Love. Hamilton recalls the excitement he felt when he listened to jazz music for the first time in a show called Silas Green Minstrel in downtown Charleston and describes playing at Mosquito Beach as a unique and wonderful experience. Hamilton takes pride in his accomplishments, as an educator, as a musician, as a businessperson, and as a City Council member. He affirms he was able to break Charleston’s racial and economic barriers thanks to his saxophone.

Source

Working Charleston

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

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Rights

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application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/613

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Interviewer

Kieran Walsh Taylor

Interviewee

Lonnie Hamilton

Location

Charleston, South Carolina

Duration

1 hour, 10 minutes

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “Oral History of Lonnie Hamilton, interviewed by Kieran Walsh Taylor, 16 February, 2017,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed February 5, 2023, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/613.