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He grew up in Salt Lake City, where his father, a preacher, founded a Baptist church. The family moved to Portland when Washington was 16, and he later lived in Seattle, doing odd jobs. In 1922 he moved to San Francisco to be a singer. Eventually he toured in vaudeville, played Harlem nightclubs, and appeared in black stage shows. In 1933, he was in the Broadway show "Strike Me Pink". He made ...