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Written and performed by W. Allen Taylor
 

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W. Allen Taylor wrote and performs the one-man show “In Search of My Father...Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins".
Photo credit: Averie D. Cohen

 

W. Allen Taylor performs several characters in his one-man show "In Search of My Father...Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins," including this refined woman.
Photo by Bryan Hendon

 

W. Allen Taylor as nightclub owner and singer.
Photo by Bryan Hendon

       
 

In his autobiographical one-man show, In Search of My Father...Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins, W. Allen Taylor plays this alter-ego radio DJ known as "The Kid." The inset photo features Taylor as a young boy.
Photo by Bryan Hendon

 

W. Allen Taylor as a big fan of radio DJ
Bill Hawkins.
Photo by Bryan Hendon

 

W. Allen Taylor as the Alter-Ego DJ.
Photo by Bryan Hendon

         
   

Bill Hawkins, Cleveland's first black radio DJ, featured in a promotional photo from the late 1940s for radio station WHK.
Photo credit: Unknown

 

Bill Hawkins (center) is pictured with the Dominos, including Clyde McPhatter (to Hawkins’ right) at live radio broadcast from Hawkins’ Cleveland storefront in the early 1950s.
Photo credit: Unknown

 

Bill Hawkins promotional shot, circa 1950. Photo credit: unknown

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W. Allen Taylor
Photo credit: Bryan Hendon