L.C. “Speedy” Huggins
1913 – 1999
Ironically nicknamed “Speedy” for his slow, soft-shoe dancing style, L. C. Huggins’ roots stretched back to the city’s Golden Age of Jazz. Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1913, Huggins grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. As a teen the self-taught tap dancer performed in the legendary 18th and Vine District.
In 1933 he was among the opening-night acts at the Cherry Blossom Club. After military service in World War II Huggins entertained throughout Europe; returning home he added singing and drumming to his repertoire.
Kansas City’s “King of Nightlife” was a fixture of the jazz scene until his death.