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Alberta Hunter

Overview page. Subjects: Music — United States History.

(b. 1 April 1895; d. 17 October 1984), blues singer and composer whose career spanned seven decades.

“I’ve got the world in a jug, the stopper’s in my hand,” are ...

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André Watts

Overview page. Subjects: Music — United States History.

(b Nuremberg, 1946).

Amer. pianist. Début 1955 with Philadelphia Orch. Soloist with NYPO cond. Bernstein 1963. Eur. début (London) 1966. NY recital début 1966. Salzburg Fest. début...

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Bessie Smith

Overview page. Subjects: Music — United States History.

(1895–1937)

Black US blues singer. Known as the ‘Empress of the Blues’, this tall handsome woman created a style that was followed by many jazz singers, including Louis Armstrong...

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Billy Bishop

Overview page. Subjects: Music — History of the Americas.

B. Billy Blissett, Toronto, Canada. Bishop changed his name after entering the USA in the 40s. Previously he had formed the Blissett-McLean Orchestra in his native Toronto in 1931, before...

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C. L. Franklin

Overview page. Subjects: Music — United States History.

(b. 22 January 1915; d. 27 July 1984),

Baptist minister and community leader. Clarence LaVaughn Franklin was born in Sunflower, Mississippi, to Willie Walker and Rachel Pittman...

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Clara Ward

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Music.

B. 21 April 1924, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 16 January 1973, Los Angeles, California, USA. Like so many of her contemporaries, Ward gained her first musical experience singing in church. As ...

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Crystal Palace

Overview page. Subjects: Music — British History.

Designed by Sir Joseph Paxton to house the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851, it was itself the greatest success of the Exhibition. Paxton based it upon the lily house he had built at...

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Danilo Pérez

Overview page. Subjects: Music — United States History.

(b. 1966),

pianist, composer, and educator. Born in Panama, Pérez began studying music when he was three years old, first with his father (a singer and bandleader), then at age ...

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Dave Wilkins

Overview page. Subjects: British History — Music.

B. David Livingstone Wilkins, 25 September 1914, Barbados. Wilkins learned to play the trumpet playing in Salvation Army Bands in his native Barbados. In 1935 he moved to Trinidad to ...

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Debbie Allen

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre — United States History.

(b. 16 January 1950), director, writer, producer, and choreographer.

Ambitious, talented Debbie Allen has broken ground for black women in a variety of roles, primarily behind the...

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