“To me he was the greatest comedian + dancer in my race. He didn’t need black face—to be funny. Better than Bert Williams. I personally Admired Bill Robinson because he was immaculately dressed — you could see the Quality in his Clothes from the stage. Stopped every show. . . . I don’t think that there will ever be a Bojangles Bill Robinson again. They might try to Duplicate him, but I doubt it. May the Lord bless his soul. I am very proud to say that I shared the stage with the great Bill Bojangles Robinson’ many times for many years. Yessir.“
from Louis Armstrong + The Jewish Family in New Orleans, La., The Year of 1907, reprinted in LOUIS ARMSTRONG IN HIS OWN WORDS, ed. Thomas Brothers.