William Grant Still
The First Hundred Years:
A Chronology of Cultural Connections
- William Grant Still born 11 May in Woodville, Mississippi to parents William Grant Still Sr. (1871-1895) and Carrie Fambro Still (1872-1927).
- Will Marion Cook (1869-1944) makes his solo debut as a violinist at Carnegie Hall, New York City. Cook later enjoyed a career as a composer of Vaudeville and Broadway musicals.
- Gussie Lord Davis, Tin Pan Alley composer, wins prize as second most popular songwriter in the nation in a competition sponsored by the New York World
- Organizing of Black Patti's Troubadours.
- Poet/lyricist Paul Laurence Dunbar gains recognition with Lyrics of a Lowly Life
- Tap dancer Willie Covan (1897-1989) born. In 1921, Covan performed in the first of the Shuffle Along musicals.
- First musicals written and produced by blacks play on Broadway: Robert "Bob" Cole (1868-1911) and Billy Johnson's (c. 1858-1916) A Trip to Coontown and Will Marion Cook and Paul Laurence Dunbar's Clorindy; or, The Origin of the Cakewalk
- Thomas "Blind Tom" Bethune (1849-1908) retires as concert pianist.
- "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin helps popularize the ragtime style.
- "Duke" (Edward Kennedy) Ellington born in Washington, D.C.
- First American performance of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's (1875-1912) Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, Op. 30, at the Brooklyn Baptist Temple.
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