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"Totem Tom Tom"
By Art Reblitz

Hi all -- A bit of trivia, after all this discussion of the origin
of the song "Totem Tom Tom" from the musical "Rose-Marie."

The main theme of the Hamm's beer jingle that I remember seeing
and hearing while growing up in Chicago in the 1950s and 60s --
"From the Land of Sky Blue Waters... Hamm's, the Beer Refreshing" --
doesn't draw from "Totem Tom Tom" at all.

I just listened to a tape of "Totem Tom Tom" played on a Hupfeld Pan
orchestrion that we restored in 1989.  (Yes, the song was popular in
Germany, too.)  If anything, there's a 9-note repeated phrase in the
chorus that might have been used in the _verse_ of an earlier extended
Hamm's jingle, but nothing from the song appears in the chorus of the
most popular version of the jingle.

Art Reblitz

(Message sent Mon 11 Jan 1999, 16:43:47 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Tom, Totem

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