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Burley, Daniel Gardner

(born: 1907  -  died: 1962) 

Daniel G. Burley was born in Lexington, KY, lived for a few years in Texas, and in 1915 his family moved to Chicago, IL. He was the son of James M. Burley and Annie Seymour Burley Wilson. Dan Burley was a musician and journalist who is still remembered for his column "Everybody Goes When the Wagon Comes." Burley was editor of several newspapers, including the South Side Civic Telegram in 1932. For a while he was employed by the Johnson Publishing Company and in 1960 produced the magazine Salaam, which was similar to Jet. Burley was also a boogie woogie and jazz pianist. In 1946 he had a group called Dan Burley and the Skiffle Boys. He also played with other greats such as Brownie McGhee and Lionel Hampton. Burley can be heard playing piano on the album South Side Shake, 1945-1951. In addition to being a musician, Burley was also a disc jockey at stations WWRL and WLIB. He was also a composer and authored Dan Burley's Original Handbook of Harlem Jive (published in 1945). For more see Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 241: American Sportswriters and Writers on Sport, ed. by R. Orodenker; and Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Hampton, Lionel L.
NKAA Source: South side civic telegram (newspaper)
NKAA Source: South side shake(song and album)
NKAA Source: Dan Burley's original handbook of Harlem jive
NKAA Source: Dictionary of literary biography
NKAA Source: Biography index; a cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines (periodical)

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  Burley, James M.
NKAA Entry:  Kentucky African American Musicians in Illinois (Chicago)

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