Transcript of an Interview with Simeon Holloway by Claytee D. White, April 19 and 20, 2013


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Transcript of an Interview with Simeon Holloway by Claytee D. White, April 19 and 20, 2013
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White, Claytee D.
Interview with Simeon Holloway by Claytee D. White on April 19 and 20, 2013. Holloway was a member of the first all-black Navy band in the 1940s. He moved to Las Vegas in 1985 and has been active in music and land investment.
As many young men in 1939 Gary, Indiana did, Simeon Holloway graduated from high school and went to work at the steel mill. This was not an option he liked and enlisted in the Navy just at the outbreak of World War II. Adapting his musicality he was chosen for the Navy's first all-black band, the B-1s, the existence of which was denied for decades. Forty years later the members would receive honorary music degrees. This oral history explores Simeon's recollections of traversing the world, settling into Los Angeles in the 1970s to pursue an acting career and then relocating to Las Vegas in 1985. His used his music talents every step of the way. Among his most valued friendships and memories are those of Jester Hairston, composer, songwriter, choral director and actor; among his most notable compositions is "Amen," a gospel styled theme from the movie Lilies of the Field. Simeon (and Hairston) both belonged to the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Simeon describes the fraternal organization's history and charitable work nationally and locally. In addition to his involvement with church, choral groups, and the Kappas, Simeon has been a successful investor in Las Vegas residential properties.
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