Today's Articles

People, Locations, Episodes

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.

Wikimedia Foundation
204 37th Avenue North Suite330
St. Petersburg, FL. 33704

To Become a Conductor or Composer


New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

*Hear ye, hear ye This court is now in session His Honor, Judge Pigmeat Markham presidin Hear ye, hear ye, the court of swing It's just about ready to do that thing I don't... HERE COMES THE JUDGE by Pigmeat Markham
Read More