Known as ‘Dancing Man,’ James Henry Snow began his run of entertaining the public at 38th and College in 1974


James Henry Snow picked up several nicknames as an impromptu entertainer near the intersection of 38th Street and College Avenue across more than 45 years: “Dancing Man,” “Guitar Man,” Radio Man” and simply “Radio.”

But the sidewalks are no longer brightened by Snow’s music and moves. He died earlier this week at age 77.

Seen and heard by hundreds of thousands of motorists, Snow generated enough attention to be featured in the pages of IndyStar more than once.

“You dance, and it takes stuff off your mind,” he said in 2011.

“I don’t consider myself good,” he said of his guitar talents a decade earlier, “but a lot of people think I am. I say, ‘I’m glad y’all got faith.’ “

In this 2011 photo, James Henry Snow