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 Jules Bledsoe

Jules Bledsoe

Birth
Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA
Death 14 Jul 1943 (aged 43)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA
Plot Near Front, 1st Road On Right
Memorial ID 18071 · View Source
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Singer, Composer. Born in Waco, Texas, he was one of the first African American performers to appear on Broadway as an original. As a concert baritone singer, he was the lead character for the classic musical "Showboat" (1927), which featured his presentation of the song "Ol' Man River". He also song in the stage versions of "The Deep" (1926), "In Abraham's Bosom" (1926), "Emperor Jones" (1934) and song in feature films such as "Safari", "Western Union", "Showboat" and "Santa Fe Trail" in the early 1940s. As a composer, his credits included "African Suite", "Does Ah Luv You?", "Pagan Prayer", "Good Old British Blue" and "Ode to America". He died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Hollywood, California.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 25 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18071
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jules Bledsoe (29 Dec 1899–14 Jul 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18071, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .