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My Filipino baby
Additional title: 'Way down in Manila lives a lady, a chocolate-color'd dazzler, she's a dream. [first line of song]
Additional title: She's my Manila Lou, I loves her, 'deed I do. [first line of chorus]
Gassman, Josephine (Singer)
Dewey, James G. (Lyricist)
Dewey, James G. (Composer)
Dolan, Robert E. (Owner)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Place: San Francisco, Cal.
Publisher: Wright & Kochman
Library locations
Music Division
African Americans
Love songs
Sexual attraction
Ragtime music
Women -- Philippines -- Manila (Philippines)
Content: On cover: Sung with great success by Josephine Gassman with Hopkins Transatlantic Co. Cover includes photograph of Josephine Gassman wearing a hat adorned with flowers; her left hand holds the hat on her head.
Content: Cover contains property stamp of former owner: Robert E. Dolan.
Content: Summary: Lou is an African American woman living in Manila who is loved by the narrator; they plan to wed on May 16.
Content: Subtitle on cover: A coon simplicity - with rag-time chorus.
Content: Cover includes thumbnail photographs of Wright and Kochman, the publishers.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by James G. Dewey.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b10826013
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 30381e30-c595-012f-e054-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "My Filipino baby" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "My Filipino baby" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 17, 2022.

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My Filipino baby