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Thread #33332   Message #480694
Posted By: IanC
11-Jun-01 - 08:20 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Bluebell Polka (Jimmy Shand?)
Subject: RE: Bluebell Polka
Well, I finally did a bit more research on this. As far as Frank Stanley goes, I've searched Levy, The Library of Congress and Duke University's sheet music archives. There appear to be 2 Frank Stanleys:

(a) A composer of song tunes, active aroun 1868 to 1881 and the composer of songs including

Alone and From Home (1868)
Where the Flowers Bloom (1870)
Never Say Fail (1876)
When you Wear it, Think of Me (1881)

(b) Frank C Stanley, active in the first decade of the 20th Century, and apparently the singer of a number of songs, including

A Hundred Fathoms Deep (1902-4)
Blue Bell (duet) (1904)
Listen to the Mocking Bird (1904)
Asleep in the Deep (1908)

I would have thought that the first was the most likely of an unpromising pair if I hadn't also discovered the following entry in the British Library:

Title: Bluebell polka. [P.F. duet.]
Composer: Koenig. Hermann Louis
Series: Baker (T.) Popular Dance Music. No. 3. [1850?]
Description: fol
Shelfmark: h.1481.(3.)

Can't wait to look at that one? Does it tie up with the Frank C. Stanley duet?

Any help appreciated.

Cheers!
Ian