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date: 21 April 2021

Wilson, Edith Goodalllocked

(06 September 1896–30 March 1981)
  • Daphne Duval Harrison


Wilson, Edith Goodall (06 September 1896–30 March 1981), blues and popular singer, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Hundley Goodall, a schoolteacher, and Susan Jones, a housekeeper. She grew up in a mixed middle-class and working-class black neighborhood of small, neat cottages. Like many African Americans, she began singing in the church and community social clubs. She completed her elementary education but dropped out of school by age fourteen. Her first taste of performing in an adult venue came in the White City Park talent shows in Louisville....

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