Colloquially known as the human boa constrictor, he publicized the snakes hip dance through Harlem during the 1920s, and starred in short films.
He was put on people's radar by performing at various clubs throughout his teens, dancing and illustrating his flexibility. This got him noticed by promoters and club owners alike, who then invited him to perform on stage.
He referred to his dance as the 'snakes hip' dance, and the name became what many referred to as his calling card.
He was born-and-raised in Baltimore, MD.
Unfortunately, like songstress Amy Winehouse, he died prematurely and far too young, when he was just 30 years old.