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He also played basketball with the regimental team. He was a decorated veteran of the th Field Artillery,  a regiment of the Buffalo Soldiers. Smith and Merrill are thought to have separated before Smith Allan Snowden - We Will Find You EP the army inserving as a corporal he claimed sergeant was his rankbut were still living together in Newark, New Jersey at the time of the census.
Merrill was white and Smith was the only black man living Madelon - Willie The Lion Smith* - A Legend their apartment building at the time. He returned to working in Harlem clubs and in rent parties, where Smith and his contemporaries James P. Johnson and Fats Waller developed a new, more sophisticated piano style later called " stride ".
In the s his music found appreciation with a wider audience, and he toured North America and Europe up to To leave the US, he needed a birth certificate. He went to the Orange County Courthouse and found it, but discovered that the birth certificate said he was born on November 25, in contradiction to his mother telling him he was born on November Smith had 10 brothers and a sister including half-siblings.
His older brother Jerome died at the age of His other older brother, George, became an officer in Atlantic Cityand died in Willie said of George, "Our paths didn't cross very often in later life. His friends and connections were always on the other side of the fence from mine. His half-brother Melvin lived on Mulberry Street in Manhattan. Smith had no idea what became of his other two half-brothers, Norman and Ralph.
All of the other siblings lived to the ages of three to seven. According to Smith, Frank Bertholf cited as Bertholoff in his autobiographyhis birth father was Jewish. As a boy, he delivered clean clothes to his mother's clients, including to a prosperous Jewish family who invited him to sit in on Hebrew lessons on Saturday mornings. Willie was Bar-Mitzvahed in Newark at age thirteen, and later in life worked as a Hebrew cantor for a Black Jewish congregation in Harlem.
Smith died Madelon - Willie The Lion Smith* - A Legend the age of 79, on April 18,in New York. He has a beat that stays in the mind. Ellington attested to his admiration when he composed and recorded the highly regarded "Portrait of the Lion" in Aura (50) - The Puppet Romp. Background Music for a Cocktail Party. Carolina Shout.
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