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Billy Carroll, Ballinasloe-born American comedian

Obituary from the Washington Post, 26 January 1896
 Transcribed and submitted by Damian Mac Con Uladh

BILLY CARROLL, COMEDIAN, DEAD

The Well-known Banjo Specialist Succumbs to a Long Illness

Chelsea, Mass., Jan. 25,óWilliam Carroll, better known as "Billy" Carroll, the celebrated black face banjo specialist, died at his home here this afternoon of a complication of diseases, after a long illness. He was the highest salaried banjo comedian in the profession, and was famous for his original songs and jokes, which made him a great favorite on the Pacific coast and in the East, especially in Philadelphia and Boston. He was a great friend of William J. Scanlan, with whom he traveled many years. He began his career in 1872 and played until five years ago.

Carroll was born in Ballinasloe, Ireland. He was forty-two years old, and leaves a wife and live children.

 Source: Washington Post, 26 January 1896.

 


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