Booker T. Wingfield

by Sven Bjerstedt

Howard Rye posted this info. on Booker T. Wingfield in a 2008 internet discussion:

"Wingfield's career is summarized in articles by Chris Smith in Names & Numbers 38 and 42.

"Copying sparingly: Born [in] Jefferson (or possibly Demopolis), Alabama, 20 May 1903, became a musician and moved to Chicago between 1920 and 1926, when he joined Leroy Pickett's Orchestra at the Chicago Apollo. Thought to have recorded with Elzadie Robinson, Leola B. Wilson, and Ma Rainey, September to
November 1926, more definitely with the Parham-Pickett Apollo Syncopators in December (Paramount 12441), and with Cow Cow Davenport/Ivy Smith in January
1927. Also credited with accompaniments to Ida Cox in July and August 1928. Came to Europe and toured with Louis Douglas's revue in 1929-31. He was
admitted to a mental hospital in Torino, Italy, from where his father eventually collected him and returned with him to the U.S.A. from Genoa on 6 June 1933. Lived in Greensboro, North Carolina for the remainder of his life, and died there 18 December 1979."


Posted on Jul 25, 2017, 3:22 AM

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