Dan Emmett

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Birthday
29, 1815
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Jun 28, 1904 (88)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
29, 1815
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Jun 28, 1904 (88)

About

Best known for composing songs like Dixie. He founded the first blackface minstrel troupe.

Before Fame

He was a drummer in a circus. He formed the Virginia Minstrels with Billy Whitlock, Dick Pelham, and Frank Bower in 1843.

Trivia

His music was beloved by President Abraham Lincoln, who counted Dixie among the greatest songs ever written.

Family Life

He married Mary Louise Bird in 1879.

Associated With

He was portrayed by Bing Crosby in the biographical film Dixie from 1943.