Luke Schoolcraft
Luke Schoolcraft (November 13, 1847 - March 10, 1893) was an American minstrel music composer and performer. He appeared in numerous minstrel shows throughout the North after the American Civil War.<...
Richard Pelham
Richard Ward "Dick" Pelham (February 13, 1815 – October 1876), born Richard Ward Pell, was an American blackface performer. He was born in New York City.Pelham regularly did blackface acts in the earl...
Micah Hawkins
Micah Hawkins (January 1, 1777 – July 29, 1825) was an American poet, playwright, and composer, largely of music for theater, who also operated a New York City tavern and grocery store.He was born in ...
Stephen Foster
Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), known as "the father of American music", was an American songwriter primarily known for his parlor and minstrel music. Foster w...
George H. Coes
George H. Coes (1828 – March 16, 1897) was an American minstrel music performer. He appeared in numerous minstrel shows in California and throughout the Northeastern United States.
Coes was born ...
Billy Whitlock
William M. "Billy" Whitlock (1813–1878) was an American blackface performer. He began his career in entertainment doing blackface banjo routines in circuses and dime shows, and by 1843, he was w...
Gussie Davis
Gussie Lord Davis (December 3, 1863 – October 18, 1899) was an African-American songwriter born in Dayton, Ohio. Davis was one of America's earliest successful African-American music artists, the fir...
H. S. Thompson
Henry S. Thompson was an American songwriter of the mid-nineteenth century. Little is known of Thompson other than his works, mainly syrupy ballads used in blackface minstrel shows; 48 works were pub...
Joel Sweeney
Joel Walker Sweeney (1810 – October 29, 1860), also known as Joe Sweeney, was a musician and early blackface minstrel performer. Born to a farming family in Buckingham County, Virginia, (now Appomatto...
Dan Emmett
Daniel Decatur "Dan" Emmett (October 29, 1815 – June 28, 1904) was an American songwriter, entertainer, and founder of the first troupe of the blackface minstrel tradition.
Of Irish ancestry...
Frank Lebby Stanton
Frank Lebby Stanton (February 22, 1857 – January 7, 1927), frequently credited as Frank L. Stanton, Frank Stanton or F. L. Stanton, was an American lyricist.He was also the initial columnist for the A...
Sam Lucas
Sam Lucas (unknown – 5 January 1916) was an African-American actor, comedian, singer, and songwriter.Sam Lucas’s exact date of birth is unknown. Lucas is cited as being born in 1839, 1840, 1841, and 1...
William Shakespeare Hays
William Shakespeare Hays (July 19, 1837 – July 23, 1907), was an American poet and lyricist. He wrote some 350 songs over his career and sold as many as 20 million copies of his works. These pieces va...
James A. Bland
James Alan Bland (October 22, 1854 – May 5, 1911), also known as Jimmy Bland, was an African-American musician and song writer.
Bland was one of 8 children born in Flushing, New York to a free fam...
Edwin Pearce Christy
Edwin Pearce Christy (November 28, 1815 – May 21, 1862) was an American composer, singer, actor and stage producer. He is more commonly known as E. P. Christy, and was the founder of the blackface min...
Frank Brower
Francis "Frank" Marion Brower (November 20, 1823 – June 4, 1874) was an American blackface performer active in the mid-19th century. Brower began performing blackface song-and-dance acts in circuses a...