The Copasetics, a fraternity of friends mostly in the entertainment business, was formed in 1949, following the passing of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. With twenty-one founding members the clubs main goal was to perpetuate the legacy of the late Robinson. The Copasetics was a vital force in Harlem since its inception and contributed to many charitable and community activities. During the 1970’s and 1980’s the Copasetics went on the road, and became a major force in the popular revival of tap dance.
The club’s original twenty-one members included Cholly Atkins, Peg Leg Bates, Paul Black, Roy Branker, Brownie Brown, Honi Coles, Chink Collins, Cookie Cook, Emory Evans, Francis Goldberg, Frank Goldberg, Milton Larkin, Pete Nugent, Lutherr Preston, Billy Strayhorn, John E. Thomas, James Walker, Elmer Waters, and Eddie West. With the founding officers LeRoy Myers as President and Phace Roberts as Vice President.
Subsequent members included: Billy Eckstine, Lewis Brown, Curley Hamner, Timmie Rogers, Charlie Shavers, Bubba Gaines, Dizzy Gillespie, Buster Brown, Louie Simms Carpenter, Albert Gibson, James Cross, and Jimmy Wright.
The club produced annual events including the Copasetics Dance and Copasetics Boat Ride which were two of the most popular tickets New York City.
For more information about the Copasetics visit the Tap Legacy™ Tribute Website at Copasetics.org.