Betty Boop was an animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer in the 1930s, but what fans don’t know is that Betty Boop was inspired by an African-American entertainer from the 1920s.
Esther Jones, otherwise known as Baby Esther was an African-American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at the world famous Cotton Club in Harlem, NY.
Jones’ singing trademark was “Boo-Boo-Boo and Doo-Doo-Doo” during her set at the Cotton Club. Her singing trademark went on to become an inspiration for Max Fleischer’s cartoon character’s voice of Betty Boop.
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