Biography Maceo Pinkard, 1897-1962

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Pinkard, Maceo
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Maceo Pinkard, 1897-1962
Subject Headings
-  Pinkard, Maceo -- 1897-1962 -- -- composer
-  Popular Songs of the Day
-  Songs and Music
-  Parlor and Concert Stage
-  Social Change
-  Progressive Era to New Era (1900-1929)
-  Biographies
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Image: Cover of Don't cry, little girl, don't cry
Don't cry, little girl, don't cry: ballad arrangement, words and music by Maceo Pinkard. (New York : Shapiro, Bernstein, and Co., c1918). African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920, American Memory, Library of Congress.

Composer Maceo Pinkard was born in Bluefield, West Virginia, in 1897. After his "Oh, You Darktown Regimental Band" was published in 1920 by the first black-owned music publishing company, Pace and Handy, Pinkard went on to write music for the shows Bon Bon Buddy, Jr. (1922), Liza (1922), and Broadway Rastus (1925 edition). He also composed several blues songs as well as the hits "Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya, Huh?," "Sugar," "Sweet Georgia Brown," and "Them There Eyes." In 1926 he became one of the first black composers to join the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Pinkard died in New York City in 1962.