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Thread #59194 Message #1006642
Posted By: Charley Noble
22-Aug-03 - 04:08 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Fight Wid Ole Satan
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fight Wid Ole Satan
Glad you checked this old song out. I've never found a trace of it in my searches but I too eagerly await the results of our master searcher Masato.
In the past year I've posted about half a dozen songs that Ella used to sing to my mother (do a thread search for "Ella Madison"):
The West Indies Blues
O, de Lord Tol' Nory
Trials and Tribulations
One Little Fambilee
Jonah an' de Whale
Here's some more details about Ella's early life in the theatre and the music halls:
She was born Ella Robinson in 1854 in Saratoga Springs, New York, the youngest of 10 children. At the age of 15 she moved to New York City and marched in the last 14th Amendment Day parade. Her first acting role was as "Topsy" in "Uncle Tom's Cabin," a production which began at New York City's Grand Opera House and then toured Europe in 1878, beginning in England and then going to Germany and Switzerland.
When she returned to New York City, she formed a partnership with a Charles Asbury. This new act was called "The Virginia Duo" and opened at the Museum Theatre. Later "The Virginia Duo" toured Europe performing in Holland as well as England, Germany and Switzerland.
She then formed an association with Herman Lindy's "Female Quartet" and toured again in England and Continental Europe. She traveled abroad and performed for years, finally returning to New York City in 1891. According to Edward Perry, "Ella Robinson sang before many crowned heads and other aristocrats. She received numerous decorations, jewels and money."
I'm also had no success in running down any of these clues, in terms of further background.