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House Of Blues Benefit To Raise Money For ‘The Dancing Man’

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A man who spent more time living life than collecting cash is now a little short of the latter — though long on memories. John Cody reports there is a House of Blues benefit Tuesday night for “The Dancing Man.”

“I could flip off a six-foot high stage and do a reverse double splits and come up as fast as you could blink your eye,” said Perry Craig Kanlan.

The 71-year-old Kanlan can’t do that now, but he has proof he did, riffling through a photo book.

He was a self-taught dancer who took stage with the greats, backed at one gig by the Jackson 5. Before focusing on rhythm and blues in Chicago clubs, he headed west where he said he was the only Jewish cowboy he knew of.

Perry Craig Kanlan, who led a full life but now faces eviction from Marina City for non-payment of the rent. The benefit is at 7 p.m. at the House of Blues.

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