Winifred Atwell

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz
Descriptive "tags": ragtime piano jazz boogie woogie Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

27 April 1914, Tunapuna, Trinidad, d. February 1983, Sydney, Australia. Atwell began playing piano at the age of four, gave classical recitals when six and played concerts at the Services Club, Trinidad. She went to New York and studied with Alexander Borovsky before moving to London for tuition with Harold Craxton. Supplementing her income from classical music by playing boogie-woogie gained her a contract with Decca Records and throughout the 50s she had great success with a series of ‘knees up’ sing along medleys and ‘rags’, mostly on her old honky-tonk, ‘other’ piano. The first of these, ‘Black And White Rag’, was later selected as the signature tune for Pot Black, BBC Television’s first regular snooker programme. Other 50s Top 10 hits were ‘Britannia Rag’, ‘Coronation Rag’, ‘Flirtation Waltz’, ‘Let’s Have A Party’, ‘Let’s Have A Ding Dong’, ‘Make It A...

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