Whistling Rufus

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Whistling Rufus
Additional title: Don't make no blunder, you couldn't lose him. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Way down south where the sly old possum hides in the sycamore tree. [first line of song]
Cooley, Lee (Lyricist)
Mills, Kerry (1869-1948) (Composer)
Barbelle (1888-1957) (Cover designer)
Smith, Sydney (Lyricist)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: [c1899] / 1952
Place: New York
Publisher: F.A. Mills ; Paull-Pioneer Music Co.
Library locations
Music Division
African American men
African American musicians
Content: Summary: 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; he's still remembered to this day.
Content: Cover design by Barbelle includes drawing of an elderly African American man leaning on a wooden fence, while he envisions a cotton plantation with African Americans tending to the field.
Statement of responsibility: words by Lee Cooley and Sydney Smith ; music by Kerry Mills.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 p. ; 31 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d5120aa0-c595-012f-e288-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Whistling Rufus" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - [c1899] / 1952. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef36-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Whistling Rufus" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 20, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef36-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1899 - [c1899] / 1952). Whistling Rufus Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef36-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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Whistling Rufus