Dawson, William Levi
- Willie Strong
(b Anniston, AL, Sept 23, 1899; d Montgomery, AL, May 2, 1990). American composer and choral conductor. He first heard black American folksongs as a child in rural Alabama. At the age of 15 he left home to attend the Tuskegee Institute, where he studied the piano and composition, and participated in the band and choir. After his graduation he moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he played the trombone in local jazz ensembles and on the Redpath Chautaugua circuit (...