1868 – 1911
Who was Bob Cole?
In collaboration with Billy Johnson, he wrote and produced A Trip to Coontown, the first musical entirely created and owned by black showmen. The popular song La Hoola Boola was also a result of their collaboration. Cole later partnered with brothers J. Rosamond Johnson, pianist and singer, and James Weldon Johnson, pianist, guitarist and lawyer, which resulted in over 200 songs.
Their vaudeville act featured classical piano pieces and their musicals featured sophisticated lyrics without the usual stereotypes such as "hot-mamas" and watermelons. Success enabled Cole and Rosamond to tour America and Europe with their act. The trio's most popular songs were "Louisiana Lize" and "Under the Bamboo Tree". Their more successful musicals were The Shoo-Fly Regiment and The Red Moon.
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- Jul 1, 1868
- United States of America
- Aug 2, 1911
on July 23, 2013
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