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*Henry Creamer was born on this date in 1879. He was a Black songwriter and entertainer from Richmond, Virginia.
Creamer worked in a music company in New York before performing vaudeville across the U.S. and Europe as a singer and dancer. During this time, Creamer was usually teamed with pianist Turner Layton, with whom he wrote their vaudeville material. As a lyricist, Creamer wrote several major traditional early twentieth-century pop songs, including After You've Gone (1918) and Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (1922). Creamer went on to write for a few minor Broadway shows during the 1920s, including Strut Miss Lizzie (1922).
His major hit songs include That's a Plenty (1909), Dear Old Southland (1921), Alabama Stomp (1926), and If I Could Be with You (1930), a song that Ruth Etting successfully recorded and which later became the theme for McKinney's Cotton Pickers. Creamer collaborated with other composers, including J.C. Johnson, Jimmy Johnson, and vaudevillian Bert Williams.