Winifred Atwell Boogie-woogie Artist

Una Winifred Atwell (27 February or April 1910 or 1914 – 28 February 1983) was a Trinidad-born British pianist who enjoyed great popularity in Britain and other countries (including Australia) from the 1950s with a series of boogie woogie and ragtime hits. She was the first black person to have a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart, and still the only female instrumentalist to do so. Atwell was born in Tunapuna in Trinidad and Tobago. She and her parents lived in Jubilee Street. Her family owned a pharmacy, and she trained as a pharmacist, and was expected to join the family business. Winifred, however, had played the piano from a young age, and achieved considerable popularity locally. She used to play for American servicemen at the air force base (which is now the main airport). It was whilst playing at the Servicemen's Club at Piarco that someone bet her she could not play something in the boogie-woogie style that was popular back home in the United States. She went away and wrote "Piarco Boogie" which was later renamed "Five Finger Boogie".

Personal details

Date of birth
February 27th, 1914
United Kingdom
Date of death
February 28th, 1983 at age of 69
Place of death
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


1. Royal Academy of Music Colleges/University

The Royal Academy of Music is a conservatoire in London, England and a constituent college of the University of London. Founded by Lord Burghersh in 1822 with the help and ideas of the French harpist and composer Nicolas Bochsa, it is Britain's oldest degree-granting music school. The Academy was granted a Royal Charter by King George IV in 1830. It is a registered charity under English law.

Type Music school
Marylebone Road, London, England
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended Royal Academy of Music connected by profession and/or age

b. 1915., Pianist
b. 1916., Pianist
b. 1909., Composer
b. 1909., Conductor
b. 1909., Composer
b. 1918., Composer
b. 1913., Musical Artist
b. 1913., Record producer

Music albums

Album title Release date Release type Recording type Recording length Additional artists Contributors
Around the World in 80 Tunes
2008 Album on digital media
Honky Tonk Boogie
2005 Album on compact disc
Party Medleys


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