"for the 'Black Birds' who had newly arrived in England"

Blackbirds in London was a highly successful revue, with performances by African American artists, produced on the London stage in 1926.

Its star was the cabaret-singer and dancer Florence Mills (1896-1927), who was already well known following her performance in Dover Street to Dixie (1923).

One of her best known songs was I'm a Little Blackbird looking for a Bluebird.

During the period that the revue was being staged, members of the cast mixed in high society, and many 'Blackbirds parties' were held in London.

 

                                           

 

Listen on Spotify to Clarence William's version of I'm a Little Blackbird Looking for a Bluebird;

Listen on Spotify to Duke Ellington's tribute to Florence Mills: Black Beauty