The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #354   Message #3543220
Posted By: Joe Offer
29-Jul-13 - 01:56 PM
Thread Name: Origins: One Meatball - blues song
Subject: RE: Origins: One Meatball - blues song
Hi, Larry -

Hope you don't mind that I moved you here. I had thought that "The Lone Fish Ball" was written by Francis James Child himself, but the information above attributes it to Harvard University Latin Professor George Martin Lane. Child later included it in an 1863 operetta titled Il Pesceballo.
Don't know if that's all the godshonesttruth, but it's a darn good story.