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The Miracle They Call Smokey And How He Climbed from the Ghetto To the Top of His Musical World

Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 6 August 1967

IN 1946 AT Dwyer Elementary School in Detroit, a six-year-old first-grader, wearing a pasted-on beard and white high-top shoes, played Uncle Remus in a school play. At the end of the play little Uncle Remus sang a goodnight song — a song he had written himself.

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