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Dancin' Man 

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Photos from the collection of Perry "Dancin' Man" Kanlan
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Perry Kanlan with Marlon and Michael Jackson, 1969
Perry Kanlan with James Brown, 1969 or '70
Perry Kanlan with Night and Day dance partner Phillip "Blue" Weaver and a female fan, 1970
Perry Kanlan doing one of his famous handstands at the Time Out, 73rd and Western, 1985
Perry Kanlan dancing in Spain, circa 1984
Perry Kanlan on a Wyoming cattle drive in the mid-80s
Perry Kanlan hanging with some locals in Jackson, Mississippi, in the early 70s
At the East of the Ryan for the Players Ball in the early 90s: left to right are Artie "Blues Boy" White, Alvin Cash, Bishop Don "Magic" Juan, and Perry Kanlan
Perry Kanlan with Sister Sledge, circa 1979
Perry Kanlan with Muhammad Ali at the Tiger Lounge on 79th in the late 60s
Perry Kanlan performing with Sister Sledge at Charter One Pavilion in 2006
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