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“Some of These Days”

Michael G. Garber

in My Melancholy Baby: The First Ballads of the Great American Songbook, 1902-1913

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781496834294
eISBN:
9781496834287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496834294.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on “Some of These Days” (1910), an American songwriting landmark. Its accepted origin story is refuted. In an example of collective innovation, performer-composer-lyricist ... More


Dueling Mammies

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

In the wake of The Jazz Singer and The Singing Fool arose the most risible musical genre of all: “mammy” films, tear-jerking musical melodramas forged with little flair or inspiration. Initially ... More


Introduction: May and Me

Sharon Ammen

in May Irwin: Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040658
eISBN:
9780252099090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040658.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

The author, through anecdote and personal history as a professional performer, reveals how she discovered May Irwin. Although Irwin was a major star in vaudeville and musical farce from 1890-1920, ... More


Blake Meets Sissle: 1915–1919

Richard Carlin and Ken Bloom

in Eubie Blake: Rags, Rhythm, and Race

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780190635930
eISBN:
9780190635961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190635930.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

This chapter describes Eubie’s first meeting with Noble Sissle; Sissle’s early life and training; Sissle and Blake’s initial song writing; and their efforts at pitching their song “It’s All Your ... More


Hello, Gorgeous, and the Historical Lens: How Funny Girls Became Sexy

Hannah Schwadron

in The Case of the Sexy Jewess: Dance, Gender and Jewish Joke-work in US Pop Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190624194
eISBN:
9780190624231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190624194.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter celebrates a performance history in the United States of Jewish female physical comedy that spans nearly a century of gender and humor radicalism. It moves from early twentieth-century ... More


There’s No Business Like Show Business

Nicholas Gebhardt

in Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870-1929

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226448558
eISBN:
9780226448725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226448725.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter is about the relationships that emerged between vaudeville performers and managers, and explores how their different experiences of popular entertainment. The focus is primarily on the ... More


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