My blackbird

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My blackbird
Additional title: My blackbird, my dainty blackbird. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: There is extensive preparation going on, for Neeson Brewster's moonlight gambol on his lawn. [first line of song]
Starmer (Illustrator)
Fagan, Barney (Composer)
Fagan, Barney (Lyricist)
Wall, Jimmy (Singer)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York
Publisher: Hylands Spencer & Yeager
Library locations
Music Division
African Americans
African Americans -- Women -- 1890-1899
African Americans -- Clothing & dress -- 1890-1899
Content: Summary: Neeson Brewster is having a dance at which his daughter will come out as a debutante; the narrator is her suitor and adores her.
Content: Cover design by Starmer includes drawing of a stereotyped image of an African American woman, dressed in frock and hat, with a blackbird perched on her right hand.
Content: Cover includes 3 thumbnail photographs of Jimmy Wall, 2 of them in blackface, with the caption: Yours, Jimmy Wall.
Content: Subtitle on cover: A dainty coon song.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Barney Fagan.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2cf9e6a0-c595-012f-1b25-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

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

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "My blackbird" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1899.

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "My blackbird" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 17, 2017.

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My blackbird