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White paper, issued 7/29/2016
Bob Cole (1868-1911) Lyricist, librettist, composer, actor, singer, dancer, comedian; active in musical comedy and vaudeville; a contemporary of Ernest Hogan, Will Marion Cook, and the Johnson brothers. His career has been well covered, especially through the scholarly contributions of Thomas Riis (see Bibliography). As a creative figure, he worked most closely with Billy Johnson (1858-1916), and James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), and John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954).