Winifred Atwell was a Trinidad and Tobago pianist. She was a brilliant musician and an inspiration to many such as Elton John who credited the legendary pianist as one of his idol. She was also the first black person to have a number-one hit in the UK Singles Chart and is still the only female instrumentalist to have made that list – and she did it not just once but twice, in 1954 and 1956.
She enjoyed great popularity in Britain and Australia from the 1950s with a series of jazzy boogie-woogie and ragtime hits, selling over 20 million records.
Here is a rare video of Winifred Atwell performing live