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Name: Cole, Bob (1868-1911)

Historical Note:

Bob Cole (Robert Allen Cole Jr.) was a songwriter, composer, stage / screen actor, theatrical producer / director; born 01 July, 1868 in Athens, Georgia, United States; studied at Atlanta University, left before graduating; was song-and-dance actor and stage manager for original Creole Show company, Chicago (1890), wrote several songs for the show; actor for the original company of Black Patti’s Troubadours (1896-1897); co-author, composer, director of musical farce At Jolly Coon-ey Island; co-wrote the narrative musical show A Trip to Coontown (1897-1899); songwriter at Joseph W. Stern and Company (1899), wrote songs for more than twenty Broadway shows (1900-1904); co- wrote, produced, and starred in first all-black show The Shoo-Fly Regiment (1906), toured first, then came to Broadway (1907); co-wrote second show The Red Moon (1908), played in New York City (1909); performed in vaudevilles (1910); died 02 August, 1911 near Catskill, New York, United States).

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