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Whistling Rufus / words by Lee Cooley and Sydney Smith ; music by Kerry Mills.
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Image ID: 1256685

Whistling Rufus / words by Lee Cooley and Sydney Smith ; music by Kerry Mills.  [Don't make no blunder, you couldn't lose him. [first line of...] ([c1899] / 1952)

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Image Title

:  Whistling Rufus / words by Lee Cooley and Sydney Smith ; music by Kerry Mills.

Alternate Title(s)

: Don't make no blunder, you couldn't lose him. [first line of chorus] Title 2.) Way down south where the sly old possum hides in the sycamore tree. [first line of song]

Creator(s)

: Cooley, Lee -- Lyricist
Barbelle, 1888-1957 -- Cover designer
Mills, Kerry, 1869-1948 -- Composer
Smith, Sydney -- Lyricist

Published Date

: [c1899] / 1952

Specific Material Type

: music

Item Physical Description

: 4 p. ; 31 cm.

Notes

: Cover design by Barbelle includes drawing of an elderly African American man leaning on a wooden fence, while he envisions a cotton plantation with African Americans tending to the field. Note 2.) Summary: The narrator describes Rufus Blossom, an African American man who is known to be an excellent guitar player; he walks miles to play at parties, enabling them to have a festive time; he's still remembered to this day.

Source

: American popular songs. / Sheet music, 1899

Location

: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Music Division

Digital ID

: 1256685

Record ID

: 609487

Digital Item Published

: 6-1-2005; updated 3-25-2011

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