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What! Marry dat gal?
Additional title: Got a letter jes' dis mawnin', suh, an' say I had ter laff. [first line of song]
Additional title: Hurly burly. What! Marry dat gal? [uniform title]
Additional title: What! marry dat gal? [first line of chorus]
Stromberg, John (1853-1902) (Composer)
Smith, Harry Bache (1860-1936) (Lyricist)
Templeton, Fay (1865-1939) (Singer)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York
Publisher: Weber, Fields & Stromberg
Library locations
Music Division
African Americans
Humorous songs
Man-woman relationships
African Americans
Sheet music
Content: Cover design includes caricatures of a well-dressed African American man with top hat and cane holding his hand out in refusal, as a well-dressed African American woman smiles.
Content: On cover: Introduced with immense success by Fay Templeton at Weber & Field's Broadway Music Hall in Hurly burly. Cover includes photograph of Fay Templeton.
Content: Summary: Using stereotyped language, the narrator expresses his reaction to a letter proposing marriage from a woman he found false; he writes back apparently rejecting her suggestion.
Statement of responsibility: words by Harry B. Smith ; music by John Stromberg.
Physical Description
Extent: 8 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c21a6200-c595-012f-59a1-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1853: Creator Born
  • 1899: Issued
  • 1902: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "What! Marry dat gal?" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1899.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "What! Marry dat gal?" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 22, 2016.

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What! Marry dat gal?