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Tunes from "Show Boat" on Caliola Roll 6122
By Neil Stevenson

I was intrigued by TJ Fisher's request for information on tunes from
"Show Boat" which are listed on a Caliola roll.  I have a great love for
musicals and have been in three productions of "Show Boat" (among numerous
others) in Australia over the last 55 years.

TJ Fisher is correct when he says that "Dance Away The Night" was added
in a production of "Show Boat" in 1928, and is definitely not a waltz --
in fact, it is closer to a quickstep, if anything.  In at least two of
the Australian productions I have been involved in, "Dance Away The
Night" was in the score and included in the show.

"Take Me Out To The Ball Game", according to Wikipedia, was composed by
Jack Norworth (lyrics) with music added later by Albert Von Tilzer and
was first performed as a  song at a baseball game in 1934.  "Ta Ra De
Boom De Ay" was copyrighted by Henry J Sayers in 1891.  Neither of
these songs are even remotely related to the musical "Show Boat" by
Edna Ferber, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein.

One of my favourite recordings of "Show Boat" is a CD produced in 1988
by EMI featuring such luminaries of the opera and musical genres as
Frederica Von Stade, Jerry Hadley, Teresa Stratas and even Lillian Gish,
who I am sure you guys in the USA will remember from earlier Hollywood
movies.  This CD won record of the year in 1988 and is a three-disc set
with the third disc featuring all of the songs, and indeed a lot of the
dialogue written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein 2nd that has been
used in different productions throughout the world since 1927.  The
disc details for USA are EMI CDCC 49108 for anyone who is interested
and if it is still available.

Far from wasting my time I am delighted to be able to share some
information with TJ Fisher and, as there has been a paucity of player
piano correspondence (my primary interest) of late, I am happy to jump
into a discussion on another musical subject and put in "my two bob's

With regards to New Hampshire -- TJ, I was there in 1998 and have
wonderful memories of that beautiful state.

Neil Stevenson
Canberra ACT, Australia

(Message sent Mon 26 Jul 2010, 12:00:06 GMT, from time zone GMT+1000.)

Key Words in Subject:  6122, Boat, Caliola, Roll, Show, Tunes

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