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Maurice Hines Sr. dies at 88; father of tap dancers Gregory and Maurice Jr.
Maurice Hines Sr. dies at 88; father of tap dancers Gregory and Maurice Jr.

Maurice Hines Sr., a drummer who toured for a decade in the nightclub act Hines, Hines and Dad that helped propel his tap-dancing sons to fame, has died. He was 88.Hines died Tuesday after a brief illness at a hospice-care facility in his longtime home of Las Vegas, his family said.His sons, Maurice and Gregory, had performed professionally as the Hines Kids since they were young boys in the 1950s, tap-dancing onstage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and touring.By 1963, his sons decided to emphasize singing in addition to dancing and asked their father to join the group. The elder Hines had been a salesman for White Rock soda when he taught himself to play the drums.Father and sons...

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