John "Bubbles" Sublett
John Sublett is the father of modern rhythm tap dancing and is responsible for popularizing it on stage and screen. Sublett was only seven when he began singing on-stage. Later he teamed up with dancer Ford "Buck" Lee Washington to become Buck and Bubbles. The two danced together for four decades. Sublett also appeared on Broadway in shows such as Porgy and Bess and revues such as Frolics of 1922. He also performed with the Ziegfeld Follies in 1931 with Washington. The two also appeared in a couple of films including Cabin in the Sky (1943) and A Song Is Born (1948). Sublett helped to teach Fred Astaire and other stars how to tap dance. Following Buck's death in 1955, Bubbles did not perform again until the mid-'60s when he joined comedian Bob Hope on a tour of U.S.O. shows. He then worked as the opening act for Judy Garland's Judy at the Palace. Sublett also appeared on several talk and variety shows. After suffering a debilitating stroke around 1967, Sublett retired from performing.