Paul Robeson

American film actor, singer and civil rights campaigner Paul Robeson performed in the Music Hall on 15th March 1960. Billed as ‘A personal appearance for one night only, in a programme of Negro Spirituals’ Popular Ballads and Folk Songs’, the concert was reviewed as a ‘rare treat for Aberdeen music lovers’ by the Aberdeen Evening Express. However, the music critic of the Press and Journal, while enjoying the concert immensely, noted that it was an absolute disgrace that the interval should be, ‘fifteen minutes in a cold, dismal, crowded, stone floored back entrance hall, with not even so much as a biscuit or a cup of coffee to buy’. It was clear that the Music Hall at that time was in dire need of investment.

1946 - Photographer: Addison N. Scurlock. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Archives Center.