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Eddie South was
trained as a classical violinist at the Chicago Music College.
Because of the limited opportunities in classical music for black
musicians, South began performing with Chicago area jazz
bands. South made several trips to Europe where he was
especially influenced by gypsy music styles he heard in Budapest and
which he eventually incorporated into his work. "Alabamians" on
the label credits refers to Club Alabam in Chicago where South
performed at the time.
"By The Waters of the
Minnetonka" was first published in 1913. Composer Thurlow
Lieurance was a teacher for a Chautauqua society which provided musical
instruction to American Indians in traveling tent schools.
Lieurance developed in interest in Indian culture and music and began
recording Indian performers using a portable Edison cylinder
phonograph. In 1911 he made several recordings by an Indian named
Mortimer Dreamer on the Crow Indian reservation in Montana.
Lieurance took the melody from one of those songs and turned it into
"By The Waters of The Minnetonka" Copies of some of the the
Lieurance cylinders of Mortimer Dreamer apparently still survive in the
Library of Congress folk archives. I was also able to locate a
portrait of Mortimer Dreamer on a Smithsonian Institution website.
"La Rosita" was
published in 1923 with "Paul DuPont" credited as the composer.
Paul DuPont was, in fact, a pseudonym for composer Walter
Haenschen. Haenschen was a recording director for Brunswick
Records who is best remembered for his recording sessions under a
different pseudonym: Carl Fenton And His Orchestra. The
Paul DuPont pseudonym was used because the intense rivalry between the
major record companies at the time would have likely resulted in
any composition published under Haenschen's real name being
deliberately ignored by the other labels.
"That's What I Call
Keen" was published in 1928 with music by Ted Fiorito and lyrics by Gus
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