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Black Firsts Blog: Why we should remember Winifred Atwell

Winifred Atwell was a massive star.
I can remember her very well. When I arrived in Britain in the late 1950s, one of the the first black people I saw on British TV was Winifred Atwell playing the piano. A smiling, very radiant and pretty lady blasting out sounds on the piano. I was so mesmerized – I thought she was special.

My Mum and Dad absolutely loved her and never missed her appearance on the TV. In fact I think that Winifred Atwell made the black community in Britain, at the time, feel very proud.

She was phenomenally talented and successful, performed all over the world and sold millions of records. If you have never heard her play, then check out these videos.

Winifred died 30 years ago this month on the 28 February 1983.