From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Moxley, George L.

(born: 1865) 

Born in Kentucky around 1865, Moxley was a tenor singer, stage manager, interlocutor, and minstrel performer. On occasion he passed for white while working with companies such as the Elk's Minstrels. He began singing in public at the Philadelphia Centennial in 1876; by age 70, in 1935, he was telling fortunes in Texas. Moxley was known for getting into precarious situations such as fine dining without a cent to his name, from which he was able to talk his way out. For more see Out of Sight: the Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895, by L. Abbott and D. Seroff; and Father of the Blues, an autobiography, by W. C. Handy.


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NKAA Source: Out of sight: the rise of African American popular music, 1889-1895
NKAA Source: Father of the blues: an autobiography

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