[Dixielandjazz] Darktown Strutter's Ball

dingle at baldwin-net.com dingle at baldwin-net.com
Mon Mar 14 06:23:31 PST 2005

Pam Munter wrote:

> Anybody out there know the origin of this tune?  When was it written 
> and by whom?  What's the context?
> Our band will be playing it in a few weeks and I'd like to tell the 
> audience something about this tune, racist though its lyrics may sound.
> Thanks very much.
> -Pam Munter
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It was among the earliest songs written by Irving Berlin, prior to WW I 
and oe of his most often recorded titles over the years.
It has long been in puboic domain, but it is a classc of the point where 
ragtime. early jazz and Edwardian era music hall music merged.
Don Ingle

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