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My gal Viola
Additional title: I haven't slept for more than a week, the reason to you I will tell. [first line of song]
Additional title: My gal Viola, that nigger stole her. [first line of chorus]
DeMar, Carrie (Singer)
Hart, Joseph (1858-1921) (Composer)
Hart, Joseph (1858-1921) (Lyricist)

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
African Americans -- Women -- 1890-1899
Sheet music
Content: Cover design includes drawing of stereotyped images of an African American man hypnotizing an African American woman by placing his hands on her forehead.
Content: Summary: The African American narrator tells of another man who hypnotized his girlfriend Viola, and now Viola only follows this new boyfriend.
Content: On cover: Sung with great success by Carrie De Mar. Includes reproduction of a signed photograph of Carrie DeMar.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Joseph Hart.
Physical Description
Extent: 8 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 318fd390-c595-012f-94d7-58d385a7bc34
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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. "My gal Viola" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1899.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "My gal Viola" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 25, 2017.

APA Format

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Wikipedia Citation

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My gal Viola