Note(s)John William Sublett (1902-1986) was a famous vaudevillian, best known for his tap dancing. He was known as the father of "rhythm tap" and gave lessons to Fred Astaire. He performed with Ford L. Buck as the duo, "Buck and Bubbles." They appeared in the Ziegfield Follies of 1931 and were the first black artists to appear at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Bubbles created the role of Sportin' Life in Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" in 1935 and also appeared in Hollywood movies, including Cabin in the Sky (1943) and A Song is Born (1948). He received the Life Achievement Award from the American Guild of Variety Artists in 1980.