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Folder 21 McKay, Delsey interviewed by Cathy Cairns, March 31, 1997

McKay, Delsey, a pianist and contortionist who had a popular variety act in Pittsburgh for over twenty years, studied at Julliard, toured Europe, and conducted historical research.

[T1S1] Musical family and childhood; high school activities; amateur hour; beginning show business; unique variety act; surgery and invention of coat hanger act; performing piano; joining Local 60; joining Local 471; racism and moving to Hill District; Lonnie Fisher’s death; performing in Oakland; band leader.

[T1S2] Studying at Duquesne University; New York City and studying at Julliard; London and recordings; death of Martin Luther King Jr.; competing in international music festivals; involvement with American Bicentennial Artists’ Day; history of Ben Banaka; Banaka’s grandmother’s life in England.

[T2S1] Banaka family’s history in U.S.; importance of representation in Washington D.C.; McKay’s family’s involvement in Civil War; hope that Washington D.C. becomes state.