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Hot Tamale Alley
Additional title: Down in Hot Tamale Alley, lives a yaller gal named Sally. [first line]
Additional title: There's no nigger, cutting any figure, when I go out for a promenade with Sally! [first line of chorus]
Irwin, May (1862-1938) (Lyricist)
Irwin, May (1862-1938) (Singer)
Cohan, George M. (George Michael) (1878-1942) (Composer)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1896

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1896
Date Issued: 1896
Place: New York
Publisher: Spaulding & Gray
Library locations
Music Division
African Americans
Sexual attraction
Sheet music
Content: Cover includes caricature of an African American couple walking together.
Content: On cover: May Irwin's new "coon" song...sung by May Irwin. Cover includes photograph of May Irwin in profile.
Content: Summary: The narrator admires and describes his girlfriend Sally who lives in Hot Tamale Alley.
Statement of responsibility: words by May Irwin ; music by Geo. M. Cohan.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 34 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 207052d0-c591-012f-98cc-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1862: Creator Born
  • 1896: Issued
  • 1938: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Hot Tamale Alley" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1896 - 1896.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Hot Tamale Alley" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 26, 2016.

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1896 - 1896). Hot Tamale Alley Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Hot Tamale Alley