[Dixielandjazz] "If ever I cease to love"

D and R Hardie darnhard at ozemail.com.au
Thu Dec 25 12:57:25 PST 2003

Dear List,
According to an article in the Second Line (Journal of the New Orleans 
Jazz Club) the song played today  is an adaptation of one  written by 
George Leybourne an English music hall comedian, otherwise known as 
Champagne Charlie - a good example of the influence of outside sources 
on the development of music in New Orleans - it was not all Creole 
music. Apparently the Duke Alexis  wood Miss Thompson without success.
Dan Hardie
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  On Thursday, December 25, 2003, at 11:01  AM, david richoux wrote:

> you can learn ANYTHING on the internet ;-)
> http://www.rexorganization.com/traditions.htm
> The Rex Anthem
> The official anthem of Rex is "If Ever I Cease to Love", a hit song of 
> the early 1870's era from a musical comedy named "Bluebeard". The 
> musical's leading lady, Lydia Thompson, was performing in New Orleans 
> at the time of the first Rex parade. The visiting Grand Duke Alexis of 
> Russia, who had seen "Bluebeard" during his national tour, was also 
> familiar with the song and with Thompson, to whom he had once sent a 
> gift bracelet.
> Bands in the first Rex parade serenaded the Grand Duke Alexis with the 
> Russian national anthem as they marched past City Hall. When Rex, 
> having dismounted at the Henry Clay statue on Canal Street, reviewed 
> the parade, the bands played "If Ever I Cease To Love". Today, this 
> song is played when Rex enters his Grand Ball and after the meeting of 
> the Rex and Comus courts Mardi Gras night, signaling the end of the 
> Mardi Gras celebration.
> Dave Richoux
> On Dec 24, 2003, at 2:14 PM, David W. Littlefield wrote:
>> How important, why, and most crucially, in what way, is the place of
>>  "If ever I cease to love" in the NO Mardi Gras tradition?
>> I'm considering the tune for "DixFBv2" and want to add a note 
>> explaining
>> why it's there. It's on a "Dukes of Dixieland" Audio Fidelity album, 
>> one of
>> those Mardi Gras compilations has it, and someone sent me music for 
>> re a
>> gig it 20 years ago.
>> Thanks.
>> --Sheik
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