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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern Italy
Favorite Quote:
Keep Looking Up.

Birthplace

Born:
2/16/1934
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Sweet Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern Italy
Favorite Quote:
Keep Looking Up.

Birthplace

Born:
2/16/1934
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Singer Everett Francis Greene, Sr. was born on February 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C. to Lillian and Lawrence Greene. He grew up in the Barry Farms section of the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. As a youth, Greene began performing in school quartets. He continued to perform with his quartet after entering the Marine Corps in 1952. Following a tour in Korea, Greene married and started a family in Indianapolis, Indiana. He worked as a mold maker and then in the melting department in Indianapolis’ industrial manufactories. It was not until after his retirement in 1982 that Greene focused on his professional music career.

Greene was a bass singer who trained himself to sing at a higher range. He performed in his church and regularly throughout the local Indianapolis music scene. He recorded his debut album, "At Last," in Chicago in 1994, followed by his release of "My Foolish Heart" in 1998 and "I’ve Got Love" in 2002. He was then featured with the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra on the album, Heart & Soul: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael.

Greene has co-starred with folk singer Odetta Gordon and Broadway star Jean DuShon in an extended run of The Little Dreamer: A Night in the Life of Bessie Smith at the Ivanhoe Theater in Chicago. In addition, Greene has portrayed "Joe" in Showboat. Greene received a local Emmy Award in Chicago for the nationally-aired TV special entitled Precious Memories: Strolling 47th Street. He has been in a number of television commercials for The Hoosier Lottery, the Indiana Pacers, H.H. Gregg and Cincinnati Bell. Greene has toured in the United States, Japan and Canada with the musical revue In the House of the Blues.

Everett Greene was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 12, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Everett Greene lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Everett Greene describes his mother's family background and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Everett Greene lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Everett Greene remembers his father's musical performances
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Everett Greene describes his mother's influence
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Everett Greene remembers the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Everett Greene describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Everett Greene describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Everett Greene remembers moving to Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Everett Greene remembers attending baseball games with his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Everett Greene recalls the start of his singing career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Everett Greene remembers James G. Birney Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Everett Greene describes his neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Everett Greene describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Everett Greene remembers celebrating the holidays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Everett Greene describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Everett Greene describes his paternal grandfather, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Everett Greene describes his paternal grandfather, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Everett Greene remembers the Barry Farm neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Everett Greene recalls working as a grocery delivery boy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Everett Greene remembers the all-black theaters in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Everett Greene talks about his quartet, The Melodaires
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Everett Greene remembers Francis L. Cardozo Senior High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Everett Greene recalls his teachers at James G. Birney Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Everett Greene remembers his stutter
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Everett Greene describes his experiences in junior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Everett Greene talks about his aspiration to sing professionally
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Everett Greene remembers the home front of World War II, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Everett Greene remembers the home front of World War II, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Everett Greene describes his experiences at Francis L. Cardozo Senior High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Everett Greene recalls working to support his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Everett Greene describes his social life at Francis L. Cardozo Senior High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Everett Greene describes the alumni of Francis L. Cardozo Senior High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Everett Greene recalls his decision to join the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Everett Greene recalls his time in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Everett Greene describes his family's experiences in the U.S. military
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Everett Greene remembers visiting his brother in Korea
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Everett Greene recalls obtaining work at a foundry in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Everett Greene recalls the start of his singing career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Everett Greene describes his work at the International Harvester Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Everett Greene recalls performing with Odetta Gordon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Everett Greene describes the Kuumba Theater Company production of 'The Little Dreamer'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Everett Greene remembers moving to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Everett Greene describes his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Everett Greene describes the 25th Street Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Everett Greene talks about the 25th Street Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Everett Greene describes his mother's home in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Everett Greene talks about the relationship between gospel and jazz
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Everett Greene describes his perspective on secular music
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Everett Greene talks about preserving his voice
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Everett Greene remembers Wes Montgomery
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Everett Greene recalls his vocal training
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Everett Greene describes the community of Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Everett Greene talks about the Civil Rights Movement in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Everett Greene describes his acting career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Everett Greene talks about his film auditions
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Everett Greene describes the musical community on Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Everett Greene remembers the jazz musicians on Indiana Avenue
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Everett Greene talks about his musical interpretations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Everett Greene describes his first album, 'At Last'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Everett Greene talks about his recording career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Everett Greene recalls his start as a cruise line singer
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Everett Greene describes his work as a voice actor
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Everett Greene recalls performing in 'Showboat' in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Everett Greene remembers performing in Cape May, New Jersey
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Everett Greene describes his style of performance
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Everett Greene talk about his vocal style
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Everett Greene reflects upon his musical career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Everett Greene shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Everett Greene reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Everett Greene describe his values
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Everett Greene describe how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Everett Greene reflects upon his legacy