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Crump, a mayoralty candidate in MemThough Crump was a reform candidate, William Chris- published blues, C. Handy's campaign song for E. phis in 1909. topher Handy's "Mister Crump" certainly didn't indicate that; the words were, if anything, a mockery of the candidate's reform promises: Mister Mister I 'low no easy riders here; 'low no easy riders here; Mister Crump won't 'low, Crump won't Crump won't don't care what I'm gonna bar'l-house anyhow; Mister Crump can go an' catch himself some air! THE BLUES 31 "Easy rider" meant, and still does, a lover or pimp who hangs on to woman parasitically; "barrelhouse" is a rough saloon, literally a house where barrels of liquor are tipped on end; used as a verb, it indicates spending a rough evening or day or life, or as here the his The tune written for these words in a between the blues and the popular song choruses but essentially the former became the Memphis Blues" in 1912.

Handy, who sold his rhythmic vitality "Memphis Blues" outright soon was composed, Stephen Foster disposed unprofitably of most u Oh! Susanna" was in effect donated to the Cincinnati publisher W. C. Peters. "Old Folks at Home" went to the minstrel E. P. Christie for fifteen dollars, for which sum Christie also after it of his early songs. bought the right to claim the writing and composing of the song, although Foster did receive royalties and credit for it before he died. The tragedy of Stephen Foster's life and there is sufficient nobility in his music to grant his failure such stature is not entirely due to his early unforeseeing disposal of his songs.

Old Folks at Home" went to the minstrel E. P. Christie for fifteen dollars, for which sum Christie also after it of his early songs. bought the right to claim the writing and composing of the song, although Foster did receive royalties and credit for it before he died. The tragedy of Stephen Foster's life and there is sufficient nobility in his music to grant his failure such stature is not entirely due to his early unforeseeing disposal of his songs. Some years before his death he was earning a sizable income for a composer in the middle of the nineteenth century.

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