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Charles Rosenberg

who introduced the “Sound Off” pattern of military marching chants in 1944, was born in Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia, the youngest son of George and Lula Thomas Duckworth. His older siblings, born between 1901 and 1921, appear from census records to include Rosa Lee, Lucile, Charlie, Eddie, Laurada, Ledger, George, Jr., Susie, Mary and Ella. George, Jr. died in 1930, and some other children may not have lived to adulthood. Some years, census enumerators recorded the family name as “Duck” or “Dock.”

Duckworth’s parents appear to have died sometime during the 1930s. A few sources refer to his being raised by grandparents, but in 1940 Duckworth was living with his married older sister Ella Pearl and her husband Robert Bloodsaw The family generally farmed on their own account either as sharecroppers or otherwise renting the land they worked Duckworth quit high school to try farming on ...

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Leila Kamali

Black beggar and performer in 19th‐century London known as ‘Black Joe’. The details of Johnson's birth are unknown, but he is immortalized in a drawing, first published in 1815, which is featured in John Thomas Smith'sVagabondiana; or, Anecdotes of Mendicant Wanderers Through the Streets of London (1817).

Johnson had served in the merchant navy until he retired following an accident. Not being entitled to any relief payments because of his foreign birth, he was obliged to earn a living by begging. In order to avoid confrontation with the local beadles, he first started on Tower Hill, where he amused passers‐by by singing George Alexander Stevens's ‘Storm’, and later ventured into the public streets, becoming a so‐called ‘Regular Chaunter’. Johnson built a model of the ship Nelson and fixed it to his hat so that by bowing his head he was able to simulate the motion ...