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|Born||Lemuel Golden Toney
October 17, 1870
|Died||July 29, 1941
New York City
Eddie Leonard (October 17, 1870 – July 29, 1941), born Lemuel Golden Toney, was a vaudevillian and a man considered the greatest American minstrel of his day, at a time when minstrel shows were still acceptable as entertainment. He performed in vaudeville for 45 years before that medium faded in the 1920s, and was known for such songs as "Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider" and "Roly Boly Eyes". He published his memoirs—titled What a Life I'm Telling You -- in 1934.
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