HERB JEFFRIES — The ‘Bronze Buckaroo’

We usually associate singing movie cowboys with such luminaries Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Ken Maynard, and Tex Ritter. Herb Jeffries (pictured above and in costume below) isn’t thought of that way. Yet he was exactly that. Jeffries is considered America’s first black singing cowboy. Depending on the source, he was born Umberto Alexander Valentino in Detroit either in 1909, 1911, 1913 or […]