Wilson, Edith, 1896-1981

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Highly regarded as a blues singer and vaudeville performer by the 1920s, Edith Wilson went on to perform on radio, television, and as a spokeswoman for the Quaker Oats Company. Wilson was born Edith Goodall on September 2, 1896 in Louisville, Kentucky to Susan Jones and Hundley Goodall. After performing locally in her youth and at Louisville's Park Theater, Wilson moved to Chicago and worked in local cabarets and clubs in 1921. In this period, she formed a musical trio with siblings Lena Wilson and Danny Wilson. Edith was married to Danny Wilson from 1921 until his death in 1928.

From the description of Papers, 1879-1973 (Chicago Public Library). WorldCat record id: 742655242

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referencedIn Butler, William H. (William Henson), 1903-1981. William H. Butler papers, 1917-1982. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Wilson, Edith, 1896-1981. Papers, 1879-1973 Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
referencedIn William H. Butler papers, 1917-1982 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Walker-Hill, Helen. Collection. 1887- Columbia College Chicago
referencedIn Roosevelt family. Papers donated by the children of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, [ca. 1686]-1959. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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associatedWith Butler, William H. (William Henson), 1903-1981. person
associatedWith Quaker Oats Company corporateBody
associatedWith Roosevelt family. family
associatedWith Walker-Hill, Helen person
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Blues musicians


Birth 1896-09-02

Death 1981-03-30




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