During his 17 year-run with the Apollo, Sims also served as the stage manager. For nearly another 15 years, he would sporadically appear after the worst acts, shoo’ing the tough-luck performers off the stage followed by his own vaudeville-style performance.

Howard Sims passed away on May 20, 2003. He was 86 years old.

Watch video of Howard “Sandman” Sims above.

Little Known Black History Fact: Howard ‘Sandman’ Sims  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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