Richard "Dickie" Habersham-Bey

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Title

Richard "Dickie" Habersham-Bey

Description

Richard "Dickie" Habersham-Bey was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1935 and grew up in the Fort Greene projects from when they were first built. He attended Michigan State University and came back to Brooklyn to work in a family business. He was heavily influenced by jazz in Detroit.

In 1965 Habersham-Bey purchased the Coronet in 1966 after its closing due to the prevalence of drugs in the community and opened it back as The Blue Coronet in 1966. He also later bought the old Count Basie club in Harlem and ran that (circa 1968).

He talks about the interior layout of the establishments and his most profitable acts. He owned four bars across New York City and was also involved in his community, including raising monetary donations for the Weeksville Heritage Center.

Contributor

Coverage

[1940s-1980s]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Creator

Date

June 15, 2010

Identifier

2010.05.07

Language

English

Publisher

Subject

interviewer

interviewee

Location

Interviewee's Home
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Duration

1 hour, 11 minutes

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