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Tue, 05.04.1886

Shelton Brooks, Lyricist born

Shelton Brooks

Shelton Brooks, a popular Black music composer, was born on this date in 1886.

Born in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, at about the age of 15, in 1901, he and his family moved to Detroit.  Brooks sang, played piano, and performed in vaudeville and in musical comedies. He had a songwriting career and a radio show on the Michigan CBS network in the 1930s.

Brooks wrote some of the biggest hits of the first third of the 20th century. His compositions included "All Night Long," "At the Darktown Strutters' Ball," "Every Day," "Some of These Days," "Somewhere in France," "Swing That Thing," "That Man of Mine," "There'll Come A Time," and "Walkin' The Dog." Shelton Brooks died on September 6, 1975.

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