Whistling Rufus, or, The one man band

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Title
Whistling Rufus, or, The one man band
Additional title: Don't make no blunder you couldn't lose him. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Down in de south whar de sly ole possum hides in de sycamore tree. [first line of song]
Additional title: The one man band. [alternative title]
Names
Mills, Kerry (1869-1948) (Composer)
Lind, W. Murdoch (Composer)
Collection

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York
Publisher: F.A. Mills
Library locations
Music Division
Topics
Cakewalk (Dance)
African American guitarists
guitars -- 1800-1899
African Americans -- Social life -- 1890-1899
Marches (Voice with piano)
Genres
Sheet music
Notes
Content: Cover design includes caricature of an African American man playing a guitar while 5 African American couples are in the background marching or doing a cakewalk.
Content: Includes 20 measure for piano only prior to vocal part.
Content: Descriptive subtitle and explanation on cover: A characteristic march which can be used effectively as a two-step, polka or cake-walk.
Content: Summary: Using stereotyped language and imagery, the narrator describes Rufus Blossom, an African American man who is known to be an excellent guitar player; he walks miles to play at parties, enabling them to have a festive time.
Statement of responsibility: by Kerry Mills.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Identifiers
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d4578080-c595-012f-7d4f-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1869: Creator Born
  • 1899: Issued
  • 1948: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Whistling Rufus, or, The one man band" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1899. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef5e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Whistling Rufus, or, The one man band" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 28, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef5e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1899 - 1899). Whistling Rufus, or, The one man band Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef5e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Whistling Rufus, or, The one man band