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Twelve-year-old Tommie Baker became a sensation in the mid-1930s. Tommie Baker left his home in Rocky Mount to go to New York City to receive additional training in song and dance. Some of his early accolades included auditioning for MGM, RKO, and Warner Brothers as well as danced at the Cotton Club.
An article in the July 3, 1937 issue of THE STATE told how Billy Burke discovered Tommie in Nash County, invested his own money to see he got proper training in song and dance in New York, and the sensation he created there. This article follows up on Tommie's progress in Hollywood and the reaction to his first movie--\"Kid actor in his debut steals show.\"