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GUEST,Ken Brock Lyr Req: Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown (45) RE: Lyr Req: Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown 06 May 08


Fwiw the name Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown was used by Ira Gershwin in the song "Patriotic Rally" from the 1927 musical satire STRIKE UP THE BAND, in a long list of names, some famous and some representing various ethnic groups in the melting pot of America that inspired his brother's Rhapsody in Blue.

Other names in the song included (from memory) Bambino Ruth, (producer) Morris Gest, (banker) Leffingwell, (silent film star) Ben Turpin, (actors) Charlotte Cushman and Francis Bushman and someone named Finevessi.

This song was apparently revised for the 1930 version of SUTB as "Three Cheers for the Union" and "This Could Go On For Years" (both of which are phrases in "Patriotic Rally").


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