Florence "Bu" Pleasant Collection MSS.0336
Florence Pleasant was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, on July 22, 1933. She and her brother had innate musical talent. Their father owned a dance hall, and their mother was a singer. Ms. Pleasant played piano and violin through high school. She gave up her scholarship to Xavier College in New Orleans after two years because of a burning desire to play bebop music.
Ms. Pleasant played with Arnett Cobb and His Mobb in San Antonio and joined him later in Chicago for two or three years of playing theater circuits, which culminated in appearances at the Apollo Theater and the Birdland Ballroom in New York City.
After teaching herself to play the organ, she finally embarked upon her own personal career as a performer. She left New York City in 1978 due to a relative’s illness, but thereafter performed on the West Coast.
The material in the Florence (Bu) Pleasant Collection chronicles the beginning of Ms. Pleasant's life and her musical career. The collection consists of a comprehensive taped interview of Ms. Pleasant on August 14, 1988. The interview is completely transcribed to 34 pages of text and housed with the Oral History Collection. There is also a promotional materials file and photographs.
Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Florence Pleasant Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.
Florence Pleasant Collection. Collection Number MSS 336. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.
Donated by: Florence Pleasant, August 14, 1988.
Processing and biographical note by: Charles Stephenson, completed June 7, 2007.
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