In the 1960s, actor Ivan Dixon was the sole soul brother on the hit CBS sitcom, HOGAN'S HEROES. That was a major achievement for a Black actor in those days. When millions of TV viewers started watching that sitcom in 1965, were they aware of Dixon's major international achievement that started in 1964? An achievement that included singer Abbey Lincoln? Dixon starred in the acclaimed independent film, NOTHING BUT MAN. Abbey Lincoln was his leading lady in this film about a Black railroad worker in 1960s Alabama. The movie won a top prize at the Venice Film Festival. Abbey Lincoln won the award for Best Actress.
Many HOGAN'S HEROES fans were probably unaware of the prize-winning NOTHING BUT A MAN because, due to the fact that it had a predominantly African-American cast, the indie film could not get a distributor for a wide national release. Here's a trailer.
Now I want you to treat your ears for a few minutes to something beautiful. Here is NOTHING BUT A MAN star and jazz vocalist, Abbey Lincoln, singing the George & Ira Gershwin classic, "Love Walked In." Just click onto the link: