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Bland, James Allen

Born: 1854 AD
Died: 1911 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Composers, Songwriter

1854 – James Alan Bland was born on the 22nd of October in Flushing, New York.

1866 – When he was 12 and living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he saw an old black man playing a banjo and singing spirituals.

1868 – He was so talented and had become so proficient with the banjo that he was entertaining professionally at private parties and in hotels and restaurants from the time he was 14.

       – At Howard University, he met a young lady named Mannie Friend.
1873 – Bland graduated from Howard University.

       – Wrote songs "In the Evening by the Moonlight," O Dem Golden Slippers.

1878 – Published "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny".

1940-1997 – "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" was the official State Song of Virginia.

1911 – James A. Bland died of tuberculosis on 5th of March in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1970 – James Bland was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.