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Acuff, Roy

Charles K. Wolfe.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Radio; Country and Western Music; Composition. 1429 words.

Acuff, Roy (15 September 1903–23 November 1992), country music singer and composer, was born Roy Claxton Acuff in Maynardsville, Tennessee, just a few miles north of Knoxville in a spur of...

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Allen, William Ernest (Chesney) (1894–1982), comedian and singer

David Goldie.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Voice; Film. 887 words.

Allen, William Ernest (Chesney) (1894–1982), comedian and singer, was born at 7 Hamballa Road, Battersea, London, on 5 April 1894, the son of Edwin Allen, a prosperous builder, and his...

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Arnaz, Desi

Tinky ‘‘Dakota’’ Weisblat.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Radio; Film; Conducting. 1108 words.

Arnaz, Desi (02 March 1917–02 December 1986), bandleader, actor, and television producer, was born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y Acha III in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, the son of Desiderio Arnaz...

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Bailey, Pearl

Bernard L. Peterson.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Film; Voice. 1219 words.

Bailey, Pearl (29 March 1918–17 August 1990), actress, singer, and entertainer, was born Pearl Mae Bailey in Newport News, Virginia, the daughter of the Reverend Joseph James Bailey and...

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Barrymore, Lionel

William Stephenson.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Prints and Printmaking; Film; Composition. 1906 words.

Barrymore, Lionel (28 April 1878–15 November 1954), actor, composer, and artist, was born Lionel Blythe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Herbert Blythe, an actor who adopted the...

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Blesh, Rudi

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Radio; Music Business, Institutions, and Organizations. 1216 words.

Blesh, Rudi (21 January 1899–25 August 1985), writer, record producer, and broadcaster, was born Rudolph Pickett Blesh in Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, the son of Abraham Lincoln Blesh, a...

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Bono, Sonny

Stacey Hamilton.

in American National Biography Online

P ublished online June 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: US Politics; Radio; Voice. 1374 words.

Bono, Sonny (16 February 1935–05 January 1998), entertainer, songwriter, and politician, was born Salvatore Phillip Bono in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Santo Bono, a truck driver, and...

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Bordoni, Irene

G. F. Goodwin.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Film; Voice. 1013 words.

Bordoni, Irene (16 January 1895–19 March 1953), actress and singer, was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France, the daughter of Sauver Bordoni, a tailor; her mother’s name is not known. She was...

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Brice, Fanny

Herbert G. Goldman.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Radio; Voice. 1390 words.

Brice, Fanny (29 October 1891–29 May 1951), comedienne and singer, was born Fania Borach in New York City, the daughter of Charles Borach, a bartender, and Rose Stern. The third of four...

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Broderick, Helen

Melissa Vickery-Bareford.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Film; Voice. 973 words.

Broderick, Helen (11 August 1891–25 September 1959), actress and singer, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of William Broderick, an actor and singer. Her mother’s name is...

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