Chuck Green, a tap dancer who performed with some of the best during the height of the art’s popularity, died March 6 in Oakland after a long illness. He was 78.
Green learned his skills from the famous “Buck and Bubbles” team in the 1930s, then used them with his partner, James (Chuckles) Walker, in an act known as “Chuck and Chuckles.”
Later, he became a central figure in the tap revival of the 1960s when he danced in the Original Hoofers, named after the legendary Hoofers Club in Harlem.
Green and Walker began performing together when an agent for “Buck and Bubbles” decided they wanted a younger version of the popular song-and-dance act. They studied the elder two’s movements and copied their blackface vaudeville routines, putting together an act that wowed audiences from the 1930s until 1944, when they broke up.
Green performed alone from the mid-1940s into the 1990s and taught in neighborhood studios before joining the dance faculty at George Washington U. in the 1980s.
He died in Oakland at the Oakridge Care Center.