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Alma Irene <I>Bazel</I> Androzzo Thompson

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Alma Irene Bazel Androzzo Thompson

Birth
Harriman, Roane County, Tennessee, USA
Death
11 Oct 2001 (aged 88)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Add to Map
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Alma was a black pianist, songwriter and lyricist who composed the famous "If I Can Help Somebody", a song written for the National Tuberculosis Society. According to the 1940 Census, Alma Bazel Androzzo was 27 and married to Andre Androzzo. Alma married Royal Thompson in 1957.

The song made famous by Dr. Martin Luther King, "If I Can Help Somebody as I Pass Along, then My Living Will Not be in Vain." written in 1945 by Alma Bazel Androzzo, made famous by Mahalia Jackson, a hit in 1951 for Irish tenor Joseph Locke

If I Can Help Somebody

A. Bazel Androzzo, © 1945, Alma B. Androzzo
If I can help somebody as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody he is trav'ling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
Then my living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain;
If I can help somebody as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
If I can do my duty as a Christian ought,
If I can bring back beauty to a world up-wrought,
If I can spread love's message that the Master taught,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
Then my living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain;
If I can help somebody as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
Alma was a black pianist, songwriter and lyricist who composed the famous "If I Can Help Somebody", a song written for the National Tuberculosis Society. According to the 1940 Census, Alma Bazel Androzzo was 27 and married to Andre Androzzo. Alma married Royal Thompson in 1957.

The song made famous by Dr. Martin Luther King, "If I Can Help Somebody as I Pass Along, then My Living Will Not be in Vain." written in 1945 by Alma Bazel Androzzo, made famous by Mahalia Jackson, a hit in 1951 for Irish tenor Joseph Locke

If I Can Help Somebody

A. Bazel Androzzo, © 1945, Alma B. Androzzo
If I can help somebody as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody he is trav'ling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
Then my living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain;
If I can help somebody as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
If I can do my duty as a Christian ought,
If I can bring back beauty to a world up-wrought,
If I can spread love's message that the Master taught,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
Then my living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain;
If I can help somebody as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.


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