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Van Allen, Will

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British comedian and musician whose real name was William Dodd. Born in Birmingham, England; moved to the United States as a child. Performed in music halls in Australia, New Zealand, North America, South Africa and Europe. Known as "The Musical Tramp", he had a music shop at 61 Charing Cross, London, between about 1910-1930, and gave banjo-ukelele lessons from 38 Newington Butts, London, in the early 1900's.


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