It's All in the Game
#1 in 1958

Thomas Jefferson Edwards was born in Richmond, Virginia on October 15, 1922. His most successful record was the multi-million-selling song "It's All in the Game". He became the first African-American to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was composed by then-future U.S. Vice-President Charles G. Dawes in 1911 as "Melody in A Major" with lyrics written in 1951 by Carl Sigman. On October 23, 1969, Edwards died at the age of 47 from massive internal hemorrhaging due to esophageal varices linked to cirrhosis of the liver (alcoholism).
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