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Barker, Danny  

Michael Mizell-Nelson

jazz guitarist and banjoist, vocalist, and author, was born Daniel Moses Barker in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Moses Barker, a drayman, and Rose Barbarin Barker. Barker grew up in New Orleans with a largely absent Baptist father of rural origins and a mother whose familial connections to the Barbarin family, famed in New Orleans music, rooted him in the city's Creole of Color musical community. His childhood experiences immersed him in the cultures of both sides of his family: rural Protestant and urban Roman Catholic.

Barker's uncle, the drummer Paul Barbarin composer of the jazz standard Bourbon Street Parade started Danny on drums after trying the clarinet Danny decided to play multiple string instruments guitar banjo and ukulele A teenaged Barker played in spasm bands children s bands that featured rudimentary instruments often created from discarded objects Playing ukulele Barker led a spasm band named ...


Hyers, May C.  

Rainer E. Lotz

the first solo black female recording artist, was born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. Little is known of her early life, including her maiden name, prior to her marriage around 1877 to fellow entertainer Sam B. Hyers (1830–1896). The marriage was Sam B. Hyers' second. His first, to Annie B. Hyers (maiden name unknown), had produced two daughters, Anna Madah and Louis Emma, who as the Hyers Sisters would earn fame in the 1870s as pioneers of black musical comedy theatre. May C. Hyers and Sam Hyers had two children, Mary Catherine Bohee and Chonita Hyers Dorsey.

From 1895 to 1896 Hyers, who used the stage name “Quagga,” toured with her husband's “Colored Musical Comedy Co[mpany].” Following Sam B. Hyers' death in 1896, his company was taken over by L. Milt Boyer who continued under the original banner of S B Hyers with ...